The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

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Little, Brown, Jul 7, 2008 - Science - 480 pages
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What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed it did-and in doing so put at risk everything we know about physics and the fundamental laws of the universe. Most scientists didn't recognize the import of Hawking's claims, but Leonard Susskind and Gerard t'Hooft realized the threat, and responded with a counterattack that changed the course of physics. THE BLACK HOLE WAR is the thrilling story of their united effort to reconcile Hawking's revolutionary theories of black holes with their own sense of reality-effort that would eventually result in Hawking admitting he was wrong, paying up, and Susskind and t'Hooft realizing that our world is a hologram projected from the outer boundaries of space.
A brilliant book about modern physics, quantum mechanics, the fate of stars and the deep mysteries of black holes, Leonard Susskind's account of the Black Hole War is mind-bending and exhilarating reading.
 

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User Review  - nosajeel - LibraryThing

One of the best popular physics books I have read in a long time. Leonard Susskind's The Black Hole War spends 450 pages focused on one question: what happens when information is absorbed by a black ... Read full review

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User Review  - JohnCR437 - LibraryThing

As far as I'm concerned, one of the best written "popular" books covering relativity, quantum mechanics, and string theory (not to mention cosmology, but that's not its real focus). Read full review

Contents

Introduction
The Gathering Storm
The First Shot
The Dark Star
Not Your Grandfathers Geometry
2 3
Planck Invents a Better Yardstick
In a Broadway
Stalemate
Skirmish at Aspen
Counterattack
The Battle of Santa Barbara
Wait Reverse the Rewiring
Ahab in Cambridge
The World as a Hologram
Weapon of Mass Deduction

Energy And Entropy
Wheelers Boys or How Much Information Can You Stuff in a Black Hole?
Surprise Attack
How Stephen Lost His Bits and Didnt Know Where to Find Them
The Dutch Resistance
Who Cares?
Alices Airplane or the Last Visible Propeller
Counting Black Holes
South America Wins the
Nuclear Physics? Youre Kidding
Humility
Copyright

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Leonard Susskind is the Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics at Stanford University. He is the author of The Cosmic Landscape , The Black Hole War, and TheTheoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics. Susskind is a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of numerous prizes including the science writing prize of the American Institute of Physics for his Scientific American article on black holes.

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