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The Black Hole War by Leonard Susskind
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Mar 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, science, own-it
Read from February 16 to 29, 2012

An absolutely fascinating recounting of the process to reconcile our understanding of Einstein's General Relativity and gravity with Quantum Mechanics and the surprising discoveries in String Theory that made it possible. This reader has always been fascinated with physics and is always on the lookout for works like this that explore the current state of our understanding of the universe and how it works. The author does a masterful job of explaining complex concepts in simple terms using word pictures, thought experiments, and metaphors, and without resorting to the esoteric mathematics, except in the most general terms. I know that this is not for everyone (anybody?) but I thoroughly enjoyed this. The anecdotes, the humor, and the clear way the author presented the material kept me enthralled. Certainly not lightweight reading but, eminently entertaining nonetheless.
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