The Black Hole War has ratings and reviews. Most scientists didn’t recognize the import of Hawking’s claims, but Leonard Susskind and Gerard. Leonard Susskind has a new book that’s now out in the bookstores, entitled The Black Hole War: My Battle With Stephen Hawking to Make the. The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics. Leonard Susskind, Author. Little, Brown.

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Next, imagine that on each propeller is another set of plane propellers revolving even faster, ad infinitum. Quarks are elementary particles with six flavors – up, down, strange, charmed, bottom and top.

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

And it is leavened with first person discussion of his personal odyssey and his obsession with Stephen Hawking, whose unvarnished portrait as epically arrogant and self-centered yet brilliant and charismatic is considerably more impressive than the pop culture version.

All I wanted was to take a peek on our modern understanding of quantum gravity and black holes. The book shows that whether or not string theory is “true,” it still helps settle existing questions and generate new ones, including the fact that the world can be thought of us a hologram that has a dual in a lower-dimensional, gravity-less world.

Susskind knows the arguments. The Second Law states that entropy always increases. The world is made up of physical A good introduction to the debate in physics regarding on whether information was lost when it entered a black hole. Home Frequently Asked Questions. The central physical question of the book, the black hole information paradoxis a very fascinating issue that has Light on “science” and heavy on “popular”, this is the kind of “popular science” that makes me cringe.


The Black Hole War: Lenard most memorable bits are Susskind’s musings on the ego, and on the meaning of Stephen Hawking’s almost perpetual half-smile. Mar 14, Molly rated it liked it.

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At the end of this interesting newsone reads:. The story in The Black Hole War follows one thread, which engaged the attention of many of the world’s best physicists for decades and is still anything but resolved.

I cannot claim to understand much of what was written about in this book, but it is fun to try. Leonard is head-over-heals enamoured of his views on string theory of being the underlying basis to a some greater reality and cannot in anyway be wrong.

From Hawking’s formula for the temperature of a black hole, temperature is inversely related to mass, so that smaller black holes are hotter and larger black holes are colder.

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If so, then it’s not elementary. Susskind does explain his theory of how information is not lost in a black hole very clearly in layman’s terms. But to pan this book as mind-numbingly simple is to miss the point of this book entirely.

I think I’ve had my fill of physics for dummies. How is that for faith?

Chapter 4 – Duality of light – not only bpack but particle like – Einstein You’ll learn physics terms and a lot about influential people who changed the way we see the world today. Fundamental strings require 9 dimensions. June 24, at Open strings, such as mesons, have ends, but there can also be closed strings.

Dusskind for the link! He describes discussing black holes with Feynman, approaching him first at a urinal in Pupin, the Columbia physics building, and moving later to the local West End Bar recently turned into a Cuban restaurant. The war metaphors are what makes this book interesting. Apr 15, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: The entire issue was seemingly wrapped up in a paradox.


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Some readers criticize Susskind for criticizing Hawking, themselves presumably resonating with this same guilt. Peter, With all due respect, I disagree with your reply: When a system is derived of all energy it is in ground state.

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Consider, says Susskind, what happens to an astronaut who falls into a very large black hole. June 25, leonarx 4: This book stands in sharp contrast to Hawking’s ‘A Brief History. Thus, it is not “information” which gets or doesn’t get lost when it enters a black hole, but rather an ensemble of physical particles in particular configurations. I am reluctant to join this unhappy band, but there is an obvious point I’m surprised not to see highlighted, and it’s not mentioned either on any of the pages I found when I googled “what happens when you fall into a black hole”.

I also have to ‘fess up that a lot of this went over my head and it maybe that I was listening to this in the early morning slot, however exhilarating it was not – softly gloating?

Chapter 12 – Surrounding space is warmer than astronomical BH’s, so they are still gathering mass rather than evaporating, although the evaporation rate is very slow.

The Black Hole War is filled with emotion, suspense and science, could you get a better combination? It’s a great accompaniment.