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

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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.

Review:

"Bets made over a beer between scientists rarely make the headlines, but in 2004 Stephen Hawking conceded that he'd lost a bet and that a view he had held for 30 years was wrong. According to Stanford physicist Susskind (The Cosmic Landscape), one of the leaders of the anti-Hawking camp, the argument was a simple one: if information falls into a black hole, is it lost forever? Hawking's theory that information is destroyed undermined everything scientists thought they knew about quantum physics. Susskind gives readers a course in black holes, quantum physics and string theory as he explains his belief that information cannot be destroyed. Along the way he introduces bizarre theories like the Holographic Principle (which he helped develop), claiming that the third dimension is an illusion and that energy and matter are just forms of information. Susskind also profiles two hot-shot South American physicists who helped deliver the coup de grace to Hawking's argument. Black hole and Hawking fans should go for this book, even if the great physicist was wrong. B&w illus. (July 7)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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What is it about black holes, anyway? To most scientists, a black hole is something like a duck-billed platypus in the sky: weird, unusual, esoteric and not all that connected to real life. On the other hand, people just can't seem to get enough of them. Any teacher will tell you that it's a whole lot easier to get a class interested in black holes than in DNA, even though the latter will most assuredly... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Susskind (theoretical physics, Stanford U.) offers his account of the debate he and fellow physicists Hawking and Gerard 't Hooft have had over the nature of black holes, and the underlying understanding of the entire universe. He emphasizes that this is a true scientific controversy, not a squabble among scientists and, for example, intelligent design mongers or corporate global-warming deniers. One difference is that at the end, everyone wins. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"The Black Hole War" is the thrilling story of Susskind's effort to reconcile Stephen Hawking's revolutionary theories of black holes with his own sense of reality--an effort that would eventually result in Hawking admitting he was wrong.

Synopsis:

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316016407
Subtitle:
My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics
Author:
Susskind, Leonard
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
General relativity (physics)
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Quantum Theory
Subject:
History
Subject:
Astrophysics & Space Science
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Black holes; Astrophysics; Astrophysicists; Physics; Physicists; Quantum theory; Astronomy; Cosmology; Science; Science history
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090722
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.60x6.40x1.50 in. 1.55 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bets made over a beer between scientists rarely make the headlines, but in 2004 Stephen Hawking conceded that he'd lost a bet and that a view he had held for 30 years was wrong. According to Stanford physicist Susskind (The Cosmic Landscape), one of the leaders of the anti-Hawking camp, the argument was a simple one: if information falls into a black hole, is it lost forever? Hawking's theory that information is destroyed undermined everything scientists thought they knew about quantum physics. Susskind gives readers a course in black holes, quantum physics and string theory as he explains his belief that information cannot be destroyed. Along the way he introduces bizarre theories like the Holographic Principle (which he helped develop), claiming that the third dimension is an illusion and that energy and matter are just forms of information. Susskind also profiles two hot-shot South American physicists who helped deliver the coup de grace to Hawking's argument. Black hole and Hawking fans should go for this book, even if the great physicist was wrong. B&w illus. (July 7)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "The Black Hole War" is the thrilling story of Susskind's effort to reconcile Stephen Hawking's revolutionary theories of black holes with his own sense of reality--an effort that would eventually result in Hawking admitting he was wrong.
"Synopsis" by , 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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