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Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe

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Today, the study of black holes appears to be edging us in a new direction, towards a language more often used by quantum computer scientists. Renowned physicist Brian Cox has dedicated his career to presenting complicated scientific ideas in an engaging way, from his popular BBC podcast "The Infinite Monkey Cage," to his frequently sold-out speaking events, to his bestselling books written with fellow physicist Jeff Forshaw. If you don't see a follow up to this review it means I've found the wormhole to another universe or travelled to another time or dimension. I was enjoying myself immensely through the first 3/4 of the book, but I must admit that once I was waist deep in the final chapters dealing with quantum entanglement, I was really struggling to keep up. Cox has written and presented numerous TV series for the BBC, including the Wonders Trilogy, Forces of Nature, The Planets and The Universe.

I bought this book because I’ve been reading a lot about black holes and general relativity lately, including Sean Carrol’s latest book on The Biggest Ideas in the Universe (highly recommend).So it's almost like the black hole is a naturally occurring object that forced us to glimpse a deeper description of our reality. But, by the end of this book, you will understand, why black holes are indeed the key to understanding the Universe. For any-and-all of us who interested in the leading edge of our understanding of the universe -there is no one better to explain it all than Brian Cox (now recently joined by Jeff Forshaw). I will be rereading This book as it felt to me like one of the most simple and complex books on black holes , that neither made me feel smart or dumb.

Professor Jeff Forshaw is a theoretical physicist and Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester. The challenge of building a quantum computer is very similar to the challenge of writing down the correct theory of quantum gravity. I'm embarrassed to tell you how many books I've bought that said they were going to explain quantum mechanics.

It’s a nice book, even though it really lacked the explanatory power of “ The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen”, which I loved.

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