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The Black Hole War

My Battle With Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
Susskind, Leonard (eBook - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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A mind-bending book about modern physics, quantum mechanics, the fate of stars and the deep mysteries of black holes. 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. This is the story of their united effort to reconcile Hawking's revolutionary theories 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.--From publisher description.
Authors: Susskind, Leonard
Title: The black hole war
my battle with Stephen Hawking to make the world safe for quantum mechanics
[downloadable ebook]
Publisher: [S.l.] : Little, Brown and Company, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Statement of Responsibility: Leonard Susskind
Contents: The gathering storm
The first shot
The dark star
Not your grandfather's geometry
"Einstein, don't tell God what to do"
Planck invents a better yardstick
In a Broadway bar
Energy and entropy
Wheeler's boys, or how much information can you stuff in a black hoe?
Black light
Surprise attach
How Stephen lost his bits and didn't know where to find them
The Dutch resistance
Who cares?
Stalemate
Skirmish at Aspen
Counterattack
The Battle of Santa Barbara
Wait! Reverse the rewiring
Ahab in Cambridge
The world as a hologram
Closing the ring
Weapon of mass deduction
Alice's airplane, or the last visible propeller
Counting black holes
South America wins the war
Nuclear physics? You're kidding!
Humility
Summary: A mind-bending book about modern physics, quantum mechanics, the fate of stars and the deep mysteries of black holes. 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. This is the story of their united effort to reconcile Hawking's revolutionary theories 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.--From publisher description.
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library
ISBN: 0316143081
9780316143080
Branch Call Number: Downloadable ebook
System Details: Requires 3M Cloud Library (file size: 1.8 MB)
Format: Adobe EPUB
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Headings: Space and time Black holes (Astronomy) General relativity (Physics) Quantum theory Hawking, Stephen, 1942-
Genre/Form: Downloadable ebook
Topical Term: Space and time
Black holes (Astronomy)
General relativity (Physics)
Quantum theory
Additional Physical Form Entry: Original 9780316016407 sky200233900
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Jul 10, 2012
  • ivance rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Get ready for some face-melting physics, this book takes you WAY down the rabbit hole!

May 05, 2011
  • roaddogg09 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed reading this book! Susskind loves physics and it shows. He is very enthusiastic when he talks about his "battle" with Stephen Hawking, along with string theory and other theoretical physics. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about black hole physics in non-technical language. Or to anyone looking for a fun and interesting book!

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