This is the inside account of the battle over the true nature of black holes—with nothing less than our understanding of the entire universe at stake.
What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed that it did—and in doing so, put at risk everything we know about the fundamental laws of the universe. 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 theories of black holes with their own sense of reality, an effort that would eventually result in Hawking admitting he was wrong and Susskind and ’t Hooft realizing that our world is a hologram projected from the outer boundaries of space. A brilliant book about the deepest mysteries of modern physics, The Black Hole War is mind-bending and exhilarating reading.
Incredible narrative on modern physics theory
Very powerful and peculiar physics described throughout - entertaining, tremendously insightful and written in a fresh style. Many recently discovered areas, along with their history, were covered in very eloquent fashion along with their startling consequences. Some, such as the universe written as a hologram in 2D at its edge, to me fit squarely in the category of mind-boggling. The author has an incredible intellect and gift for helping others understand the complex. I certainly enjoyed it, got a great value for what I paid and would recommend it.
Great book I own it myself.
The Black Hole War
I prefer the scientific and mathematical portions; though I do not make a claim to understand any of it. I enjoyed listening to the portions that made me have to think about what I thought I had known. I did smell smoke coming from my head a few times.
What annoys me and takes away from the book is his bombardment against Hawking. I do not mean disagreeing with his ideas; that is fine. He takes every effort to make sure that Stephen's affliction is mentioned and how he slumps in a chair.