Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe

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Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe

Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe

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As a side note, I do recommend reading this one in parallel or subsequent to reading Carrol’s above mentioned book which will give you a great basis in special and general relativity. I can't hold my excitement when the author introduces Quantum Computing with its relationship with the Holographic Principle to simulate our spacetime reality. Highly recommended for educated readers who can kepe up with a little hard science that hasn't been overly diluted for general consumption.

Beginning with Stephen Hawking's work in the 1970s, it was understood that black holes are not only interesting from an astrophysical perspective, but they actually set up a fundamental clash of principle between the two great pillars of 20th and 21st century physics, which are Einstein's theory of gravity and quantum theory.

Just um, brush up on your Penrose diagrams before you jump in (or hover for eternity at the horizon, depending on who you ask). Originally thought to be so intellectually troubling that they simply could not exist, it is only in the past few years that we have begun to glimpse a new synthesis; a deep connection between gravity and quantum information theory that describes a holographic universe in which space and time emerge from a network of quantum bits, and wormholes span the void.

The book starts with an extremely engaging “Brief History of Black Holes”, which got me instantly hooked. Instead, they are synthesised out of entangled quantum bits of information in a way that resembles a cleverly constructed computer code.Black holes are places in space and time where the laws of gravity, quantum physics and thermodynamics collide. I'm embarrassed to tell you how many books I've bought that said they were going to explain quantum mechanics. Viewed in this way, black holes are cosmic Rosetta Stones, allowing us to translate our observations into a new language that affords us a glimpse of the profoundest reason and most radiant beauty. I think it might be important to clarify that – I’m not comparing them based on ‘who’s the better (astro)physicist’ or whose ‘work’ was more ‘important’; but only of whose writing/books I had found more ‘enjoyable’.

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