The Black Hole War – Leonard Susskind

A brilliant read for the scientifically attracted mind. This book is full of scientific models and theories, but all of them are explained brilliantly, making this book truly blend into the ‘normal’ reading market. The Black Hole Theory, coupled with the String theory truly makes it a compelling read. Most importantly, the psychological and theoretical battle between Leonard Susskind, Gerard T’Hooft and Stephan Hawking regarding a relatively unknown object, black holes. What the human race is sure about is the fact is that there is a bone-crushing singularity right at the centre of a black hole, capable of exerting enough gravitational force to restrict light from moving past its event horizon. The concepts at battle make this book worthwhile, Stephen Hawking on one side despoiling the foundations of Physics by stating that Black Holes evaporate, leading to loss of information with Susskind and T’Hooft arguing that information is either emitted out as Hawking radiation or Black Holes don’t evaporate.

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

The best book I have ever read in my entire life. Dark Matter is a brilliant book which combines scientific possibilities, human nature and simply bizarre happenings into one great book. Blake Crouch is a true mastermind. In this book, Jason Dessen, a normal, middle-class man with a loving family is kidnapped by an unknown person. He is then asked one question, “Are you happy in your life” before his world changes forever. Blake Crouch weaves an intricate story saturated with suspense, awe and fear to satisfy any reader’s appetite. After that, Jason wakes up to find himself in a world in which he is a famous scientist. Shocked, Jason tries to investigate and finds that his son never existed and his wife is a single woman and an established artist. Finally, Jason understands the quantum complexity of the situation, he finds out that there are an infinite number of universes, each one having different scenarios of a single moment. If this is true, then that means that another version of Jason did this to him, he himself did this to him. Through how many universes, how much pain and how much anguish will Jason have to travel through to get his world, wife and children back?