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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Leonard Susskind

Narrated By: Ray Porter

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: July 2008

Duration: 12 hours 46 minutes


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.


  • Kobus Swart

    Could not stop listening. Very, very detailed account of how Susskind defeated Hawkins' postulation that black holes destroy "information". Very complex concepts within relativity, quantum mechanics and string theory explained using plain and sometime funny analogies. Good mix of science, history and biography read by a very pleasing voice. Had to rewind often as the concepts wiz by fast. Will take a couple of days to get through this one.

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