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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The entropy of a BH is proportional to the area of the horizon, and therefore the square of the mass. I cannot claim to understand much of what was written about in this book, but it is fun to try. Einstein discovered General Theory of Relativity gravitational red shift where clocks slow down near a heavy mass. People looking for background on the black hole debate. The Planck length is very small 10 exp m.

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June 25, at 4: They just won’t fit together. However I paid special attention to the science lessons, since I enjoy that sort of thing. Echoing a quote from the book- “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. If you have this on your to read list, it’s worth putting at the top.

When the city tried enforcing the anti-topless-bar ordinance, the owner could now say: Maybe that is what Penrose is pissed at. The 6 extra dimensions are compacted into geometric spaces called Calabi Yau Manifolds. 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.

I really enjoyed this one, lots of good anecdotes about my favourite physicists and also some good physics explanations in there. I would say this is a must-read for anyone interested in learning about cutting edge concepts in Physics like Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Gravity, and String Theory which can be very hard to understand for a lay person through existing introductory literature.


Does such an intelligent person actually believe that kind of logic?

The multiverse does not necessarily mean the anthropic principle. Physics near any Black Hole singularity most likely falls outside the domain of validity of quantum field theory and statistical mechanics, as we know them. I suspect some criticism of The Black Hole War is misdirected at best, or is mere grandstanding by the reviewer.

Observer, The questions about black holes being studied here have nothing to do with currently feasible astrophysical measurements.

In the course of explaining this debate, Susskind necessarily goes through quantum mechanics, general relativity, string theory, and other areas of physics. There are no successful non-cheap explanations I know. The Black Hole War: A possibility is that quantum fluctuations would allow a piece of the horizon oeonard fly away.

Is information destroyed in this process, or somehow just very effectively scrambled? Susskind disagreed, mainly because that would mean that one of the fundamental tenets of physics — that matter is never destroyed — would be wrong. Strings, such as those making up photons, have temperature and entropy. Chapter 4 – Duality of light – not only wavelike but particle like – Einstein Likewise, when a particle falls into a black hole, information can be seen to be discharged from the black hole by an observer outside its event horizon, or can be seen to fall into the black hole by an observer inside its event horizon.

So far, I am about half-way through, I am enjoying it very much. So he can be a great communicator of physics when he tries.

The author does a masterful job of explaining leonwrd concepts in simple terms using word p An absolutely fascinating recounting of the process to reconcile our understanding of Einstein’s General Relativity and gravity sjsskind Quantum Mechanics and the surprising discoveries in String Theory that made it possible.

The Black Hole War

Susskind is obviously—and he admits this in the book—an egomaniac of monumental proportions. Lronard 1, at Chapter 11 – Particle collisions are described by an S waar scattering matrix, which is reversible. Hawking posed his view in Could the King of physics be wrong about black holes? Quotes from The Black Hole Wa July 14, at 9: Oh, and the entire universe is a hologram.


I leinard like he was belittling faith in general while maintaining such a steadfast belief in his mathematics. Yes there are many proposals for why the universe is the way it is, and terms such as multiverse may potentially be ambiguous, although usually the context makes it pretty clear what is meant, as was the case above.

Want to Read saving…. View all 3 comments. What happens when an observer falls into a black hole? Dec 17, Fabio Kung rated it it was amazing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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 leonarx of physics.

His description theory that information is stored and released with Hawkings radiation from the black hole.

Carroll in the Wall Street Journal praised the leonarrd for successfully explaining the topic, despite the difficulty of the subject, in a way that lay readers could understand.

How to tell whether a particle is elementary or not? Why do physicists want to make this jump and state that the real physics is happening at the boundary while the things going on inside the volume are as incorporeal as a hologram?

Leonard and Einstein; most of Einstein’s work could be for the most part tested in short order.