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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

pickled4589 ,

The Black Hole War

A brilliant discussion of the very complicated subject of entropy, energy, gravity, quantuum mechanics and the modern mathematics being developed and applied to address theoretical quantuum gravitiy and the search for a unifiing theory for all of physics. The book traces the fascinating story of thoretical physicists' attempts to understand black holes at a level that demystifies the process that has been imbedded in a very deep mathematical discussion and lost to the public for over twenty years. A must read for anyone with a curious scientific background who want to learn how physics and mathematics has evolved over the last half century.

spencerdiniz ,

Great For Enthusiasts

A great book in the sense that it helps us visualize the strange concepts of the complicated physics that it talks about through the use of some clever analogies... If you enjoyed books such as "The Universe In a Nutshell", you're certainly going to like this.

It makes us simple humans feel capable of questioning some very advanced physics.


highvoltagehotrods ,

A must read if you like physics

The author clearly explains a lot of fundamentals of quantum physics and relativity. Very interesting read and look into the academic world of some of the worlds most notable minds.

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