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  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433243687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433243684
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 13.2 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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'Entertaining...both lucid and enjoyable....Like the best teachers, Susskind makes it fun to learn. With a deft use of analogy and a flair for language, he tames the most ferocious concepts....He has come up with the best visual metaphor for the multidimensinality of string theory that I've yet come across, one that alone is worth the price of the book' - Los Angeles Times
'Susskind is very down to earth, an easy-going and entertaining guide through the most exciting frontiers of theoretical physics' - New Scientist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The father of string theory recounts his paradigm-shifting debate with Stephen Hawking over the nature of black holes. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Seel VINE VOICE on 22 July 2008
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Susskind describes the decades-long battle between the quantum mechanics community and the general relativists as to whether information is lost when objects pass through the event horizon of a black hole and the hole eventually evaporates. According to Prof. Hawking and the GR community, as nothing can ever reappear from inside an event horizon, the information is indeed totally lost.

Susskind and Gerard 't Hooft begged to differ. Loss of information would violate the basic time-reversibility of QM: Hawking's ideas would lead to universe-destroying phenomena (p. 23). Somehow, the information locked the wrong side of the event horizon must leak out via Hawking radiation. But how?

The resolution of this dilemma took many years of conjectures and refutations. Susskind takes us on a tour of entropy, holographic principles and physics at the Planck scale. And the adversarial plot keeps the reader turning the pages.

I am normally very dubious about popularisations. They proceed by raking up endless analogies which never quite fit together, so that by the end of the book, your mind is like that jig-saw puzzle you bought and could never fit together.

This book was never going to be the exception - the mathematics of quantum field theory, general relativity and string theory are just too arcane for popular culture concepts to cohere around. However, there are wonderful insights all the way through this book and we do end up learning something about the large scale map of the territory. Apparently even the experts find it hard to get the whole thing into one focus.
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This book is a great recount in simple (and elegant) writing about cosmology, quantum theory (more to the point about quantum field theory and string theory)

It's a must for whoever want to get to know what theoretical physics (particle physics, high energy physics, cosmology) is about or for those who even having studied a physics grade have gone for another careers so they have lost whatever feeble knowledge they managed to grasp regarding these subjects

The main thread is fascinating: a scientific debate between the author and Hawking about what happens to the information that falls in a black hole... it's re - expelled along with the so called Hawking radiation or is lost forever??

Notwithstanding the interest this subject may raise, you get much more fun reading the colateral explanations the author have to offer to make himself understood regarding the black hole stuff

If you have enjoyed Brian Greene the Elegant Universe I guess you will like this one too

I am not giving the top rate for the poor paper and binding and due to excessive obsession of the author for making it clear that he (and his supporters) won the war... what is the point??? the discussion was fascinating... and without opponent it wouldn't have been possible!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Hickson on 18 July 2013
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This is one of my favourite books. It manages to teach cutting edge science but is also funny and entertaining.
Leonard Susskind admires Stephen Hawking's ground breaking work on Black Holes but is surprised when Hawking says that information is lost. He feels instinctively it can't be right even though most physicists seem to agree with Hawking. So Susskind starts to search for the truth. Many other scientists become involved and its a fascinating story.

I must say being a layman whose interested in science this is the most accessible book I've read on the subject. I also bought the audio cds to help me understand the science better and they were first rate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Risto on 8 July 2012
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The author has the rare gift of being able to explain front line physics simply and entertainingly. I feel that I learned a lot about elementry particleas and black holes without having to go through any maths. The holographic principle is a weirdly appealing idea, and it is fascinating to read about the thought processess and human interaction that lead to its discovery.

I was drawn to this book by the lectures by the author Leonard Susskind on youtube about various physics topics. If you are into this kind of stuff, check them out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a psychiatrist on 26 Jun. 2012
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I saw Leonard Susskind on a BBC tv programme and was amazed by some of the claims made, which led me to buy his book. Having studied physics in school, without great understanding I have to say, I was delighted to reacquaint myself with familiar but forgotten entities such as Planck's constant and E+MC2, to be introduced to relativity, the mysteries of quantum physics and of course the extraordinary phenomena known as black holes, and because of Prof Susskind's elucidation, begin to grasp their remarkable significance. He described 'complementarity', how a phenomenon, such as light, can appear to be one thing (a photon) and quite a different thing (a form of radiation) at the same time! This seems almost metaphysical and seems reminiscent of some of the philosophical struggles of the Greeks, 'essences' come to mind. It is tough going at times, though, not a light read, I had often to refer back to previous chapters to be sure I understood a new insight, but his writing style keeps the reader engaged. As a psychiatrist, it saddens me that the science we rely on seems so soft by comparison, that we can not call on mathematics and formulae, so far, but maybe physics is showing us the way?
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