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Publisher Description

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.

Science & Nature
July 7
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Connor Y.M. ,

Best Book for Somebody Who Loves Physics But Hates Math

Leonard's clear and patient writing allows even the most amateurish physicist to enter the elite world of great names like Hawking and t' Hooft. The mixture of anecdotes and raw descriptions of what was at stake bring a great human element to the book, and it is a great way for the average person to understand how scientists are just as subject to their own angels and demons (no matter what type of space they exist in).

On the pure physics aspect, Leonard displays great responsibility in clarifying to the reader when things are uncertain even to him. When his incredibly useful analogies might be frowned upon by fellow physicists, he is quick to acknowledge the shortcomings of watering down such advanced concepts, which only makes a young enthusiast even more determined to learn and understand more.

Great kudos to this book. It has excited me and terrified me in ways that fantasy and science fiction cannot - because it is true.

Dominika.... ,

Black hole war


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