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

Leonard Susskind
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Book Description

July 22 2009 0316016411 978-0316016414 Reprint
At the beginning of the 21st century, physics is being driven to very unfamiliar territory--the domain of the incredibly small and the incredibly heavy. The new world is a world in which both quantum mechanics and gravity are equally important. But mysteries remain. One of the biggest involved black holes. Famed physicist Stephen Hawking claimed that anything sucked in a black hole was lost forever. For three decades, Leonard Susskind and Hawking clashed over the answer to this problem. Finally, in 2004, Hawking conceded.

THE BLACK HOLE WAR will explain the mind-blowing science that finally won out, and the emergence of a new paradigm that argues the world--this catalog, your home, your breakfast, you--is actually a hologram projected from the edges of space.

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Entertaining...both lucid and enjoyable...Like the best teachers, Susskind makes it fun to learn. With a deft use of analogy and a flair for language, he tames the most ferocious concepts...He has come up with the best visual metaphor for the multidimensinality of string theory that I've yet come across, one that alone is worth the price of the book - Los Angeles Times 'Susskind is very down to earth, an easy-going and entertaining guide through the most exciting frontiers of theoretical physics' #NAME?

About the Author

Leonard Susskind has been the Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics at Stanford University since 1978. The author of The Cosmic Landscape, he 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. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars General Relativity Meets Quantum Mechanics Oct. 31 2008
By G. Poirier TOP 50 REVIEWER
There is a lot of physics contained in this excellent book - modern, cutting-edge theoretical physics, that is. In 24 chapters and almost 450 pages, the author guides the reader through a maze of seemingly contradictory scientific arguments in order to resolve an important issue in the physics of black holes: whether information is forever lost to the universe after it has passed through a black hole's horizon. In essence, this implies a type of reconciliation between General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. Although this involves very abstract and difficult-to-grasp concepts, the author, one of the main adversaries in this so-called black hole war, gently guides the reader through the various issues, starting from first principles right up to the cutting-edge subject at hand. The book is amply illustrated with many diagrams, drawings, figures and pictures in order to help further clarify the already-lucid descriptions that are given in the text. But, in addition to all the technical issues, the author has included much of the human element in this war. Interpersonal matters, many personal anecdotes, people's backgrounds and even the odd joke all contribute towards illustrating that the main theme of this book is a truly human endeavor: to understand a bit more about our universe. The writing style is clear, authoritative, friendly, even chatty and very engaging; the 450 pages fly by amazingly quickly. Although science buffs are likely to be those who will enjoy this book the most, the writing style is such that its contents are easily accessible to a much broader readership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Hole War Aug. 21 2011
By Goldsie
This book is a must for anyone interested in Black Holes. It is superbly written and easy to understand. I have read a few different books on this subject and this is by far the best, brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just loved this book! Oct. 25 2013
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The author is a very respected Scientist and his books exemplify this. The book is very worth while and has loads of information, examples and yes, humor as well. Thanks to Prof. Susskind and this very worth while book.
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