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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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  • Posted December 30, 2009

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    This book is a blast.

    Susskind is a really engaging author. Honestly I was surprised that a quantum physics book could be so entertaining. The book is accessible, so it's great for a casual physics lover. It's clear and concise with lots of great explanations to help the reader visualize the abstract ideas that are introduced and finally it has a plot. The book is really a story about his work to prove that black holes can't "lose information" and the physics is presented along the way as "aha! moments" and discovery from others in the field.

    If you're a physics enthusiast, you need to read this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Who knew quantum physics could be so compelling?

    I am by no means a physicist. Just your basic computer guy, with an interest in ideas of all kinds. Having read Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time', I thought I'd see what Susskind had to say.

    It's scary: I think I understand most of what he is saying. Not, of course, on a practical level. Not on a level where I could pass one of his courses. But on a basic level. You have to trust yourself that you are capable of grasping concepts that you have no business being able to grasp.

    If you allow yourself that leeway, this book turns out to be a pretty nice read. You can really get into the battle of ideas going on here, and come away with an unexpected sense of passion for the subjects.

    At times, of course, the depth of the subject can overwhelm. But there's a lot of wit, humor, and respect for his colleagues' ideas. I was pleasantly surprised with the overall readability.

    For some, Susskind's approach will seem way too intellectual; too 'out there' to be of any practical use. After all, who but a theoretical physicist gives a damn about black holes? But try to get past it; there's a pretty good look into an area most people will never even glance into, and those people will have missed a fascinating story.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    The Black Hole War Is Superb

    For the scientifically literate lay person who is not intimidated by a few equations and graphs this is a superb book. Although I am not a physics professional I am a junkie for accessible books on relativity, quantum mechanics, black holes and abstract math. Within this broad category 'The Black Hole War' is one of the best books I have ever read. The author has a great sense of humor and is so thoroughly knowlegable about his subject matter that his explanations are accessible and elegant. His references to life sciences and the humanities also enliven the text. I would take an intro course with this guy in a minute. He is also able to bring his own contributions and thinking on relativity and quantum mechanics to life and unlike many experts in this field appears approachable and modest.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Enlightening

    Susskind is one of the most interesting and colorfully thinkers we have. This book is gracious and interesting

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

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    Who knew theoretical physics could be so entertaining!

    I have been intrigued and baffled by physics ever since I failed my first physics 101 college test, way back in 1973. Having been a class for non-science majors the professor was kind and merciful to us and most of us passed the class anyway. I have read quite a bit on all aspects of the subject since then and Susskind has done us liberal arts and agricultural students a favor. This is one of the most readable, informative and, as I said, entertaining physics books I have read. Make no mistake; this subject is deep and you must have a strong desire about wanting to know how humanity has come to understand the universe.

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    Posted March 8, 2013

    Anakin

    Appearance: tall with brown hair and blue eyes..has a jedi knights braid and a blue lightsaber..characteristics..loyal padawan and very strong in the force..brash and reckless..not yet a jedi master..

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    Posted February 25, 2013

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    Yay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Feeding the author's ego

    Blah blah I was right. Blah blah Steven was wrong. Give me a break.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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