The Black Hole War

  • by Leonard Susskind
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed that it did - and in doing so, put at risk everything we know about the fundamental laws of the universe. 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 theories of black holes with their own sense of reality, an effort that would eventually result in Hawking admitting he was wrong and Susskind and 't Hooft realizing that our world is a hologram projected from the outer boundaries of space.A brilliant book about the deepest mysteries of modern physics, The Black Hole War is mind-bending and exhilarating listening.

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Good, yet disappointing

Is the book what it promises to be? Yes and no. Susskind succeeds in giving us the blow for blow conflict between his theory and that of Stephen Hawking. His writing is clear and personal, and he simplifies the explanations of physics concepts as well as I could have hoped. My big disappointment, comes about an hour into the book. He goes from describing science to suddenly going into Mormon history and religion in general. First off, he needs to do a little more research into Mormonism. In fact, I think he owes Mormons an apology for how he describes the founders of their religion. He got it dead wrong. I know. I am a Mormon and have studied Mormonism far beyond what he claims to have studied. But beyond insinuating that Mormons are deluded fools, he goes further to deride all people who believe in a Creator, informing us that God was killed by Darwinism. Thanks for the religion lesson. Stick to science.
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- Dixon

OK OK You Win!

This is a strange book that, it seems to me, reeks of envy of Hawking and has an astounding lack of perspective. The author goes on for quite a while discussing the mathematics and physical features of black holes in anti-de Sitter space. He does throw in a line at the end about it all having nothing to do with OUR universe...but why then go on and on in a book for a non-scientific audience? This war was not very thrilling (and not much of a war). The author was indeed completely correct about conservation of information in black holes, the rest of the book is filler, two words would have sufficed "I Win!"
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- Michael "I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.