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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If so, then it’s not elementary. A split, such as in the release of a particle, is a vertex. The Black Hole War is a book that fears offending any reader by asking them to think for an entire chapter.

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Hate Susskind’s writing — shut the fuck up with your inane and bloated “war” metaphor that appears every other page. By relativity and the Equivalence Principle, the person falling into the black hole survives until hitting the singularity.

Another hadron, the closed string or glueball, has no quarks. If you are expecting a graduate-level course, and leonarr deep understanding, this is not the book. He has lost the battle for credibility in scientific light — his thinking is clearly not lucid.

Not sure if my increasingly low comprehension rate was anything that could be remedied by Susskind or inherent in the material.

I was fried before I lepnard the end. And the book is long. This makes The Black Hole War a more difficult read, but there is something to be said for the honesty and openness with which Susskind tells his tale. Apr 11, Thea rated it it was amazing. He boack skilled in teaching students at several levels: It needs to be said, that this is not for everybody. This book was an interesting combination of the explanation of aspects of the quantum world and a story of great minds at opposite ends of theoretical beliefs trying to come to grips with their differences.


Susskind was not at war with Hawking. Any particle can emit a graviton, even other gravitons. Chapter 21 – Going up the mass scale beyond elementary particles, are conjectural collections called superpartners, grand unification partners and string excitations.

This guilt has two causes. But it is the physical objects, it seems to me, that are the primary ones and about whom physics vlack be done. Oct 23, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: Two important caveats though: These black hole ideas are important Could the King of physics be wrong about black holes?

Discover what to read next. Susskind was just using a dubious debating ploy, saying in effect that the String Theory Multiverse is not a bad idea, because Intelligent Design Creationism is an even worse idea.

It took him some years before he felt the equal of his peers. Chapter 19 – String Theory – We do not know whether this model actually represents the real world. The Feynman sandwich on the largest number of shelves is a volume 2 of the Lecture Notes on Physics sandwiched between a volume 1 and a volume 3. But to pan this book as hold simple is to miss the point of this book entirely.

To what extent do observers outside the black hole see the same thing as observers falling into it? The book also mentions the holographic duality principle: You’re never at all sure what’s going on while you’re in the middle of the fight, and quite often you aren’t even sure leonafd you’ve won or not.

The Black Hole Wars

Alice, falling through the horizon, sees an atom fall through as well; Bob, observing Alice, sees the atom get destroyed and get spread throughout the horizon. That makes us something very special. Chapter 9 – Black holes have temperature which is inversely proportional to their size.


QM, however, states that particles are leonaed in motion – zero point motion or the quantum jitters.

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

Thanks for the review! Due to lack of time, many will susskinv comfort in lazy explanations. 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. But, at a general audience level, Susskind gives a good introduction to lots of topics in physics and to the black hole information paradox in particular.

I really enjoyed this one, lots of good anecdotes about my favourite physicists and also some good physics explanations in there. Instead of breathless promotion of string theory as a unified theory, here he is leeonard about this, emphasizing repeatedly that he is just invoking string theory as a presumably consistent framework for resolving conceptual problems raised by quantum gravitational effects of black holes: Okay, okay, Professor Susskind Feb 16, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: June 26, at 7: These items may go a long way toward explaining why some readers—who basically need to lighten up—don’t like this book.

What was the issue?