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Playing With Planets Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 1, 2008

ISBN-10: 9812793070

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9812793070
  • ASIN: B007K4NLX2
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,897,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I much enjoyed wandering the world, following this enquiring and original mind. --CERN Courier

About the Author

Gerard 't Hooft is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He has taught at Harvard, SLAC, and Caltech. Other distinguished honors include being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, Dannie Heineman Prize, Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Chicago, Wolf Prize of the State of Israel, Pius XI Medal (Vatican), and Lorentz Medal (KNAW, Amsterdam).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2014
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Summary: What you'll find here is nothing new, I had heard similar opinions from Ray Kurzweil, and even Michio Kaku (In some of his more lucid interviews); but, Gerard 't Hooft explains everything with great detail, explaining his reasoning, and really taking time to explain the nuts and bolts behind why his opinion is what it is. Also, what Hooft does, that Kurzweil and Kaku don't, is go to great lengths to not meander out into the absurd. Nothing goes too far from reasonable.

Pros: the author is very knowledgeable and good at breaking down more complex ideas. His ideas are all backed up by information, and goes to great lengths to justify his statements. There is not a lot of gray area here to get lost in either, no obvious questions that are not addressed (Though some are addressed rather succinctly, but more on that in a moment). Quite a quick read too, was able to finish this in an afternoon.

Cons: I was able to finish this in an afternoon, and it costed 12$ on kindle. Maybe a bit too short to justify it's price. The author can be a bit dismissive of things at times, writing people off rather easily if they don't fit his view. It's justified by his outlook, but can be a bit grating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mandel2 on September 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I'll jump onto the "former student" bandwagon, one step removed. I was a student of 't Hooft's adviser and co Nobel winner, Martinis Veltman. It is very unusual to get a book like this written by a man of this caliber. It is short, too short, one would like to see more of this man's reasoning. Most of his writing is too technical for a casual audience. Too technical for me these days. ;) Worth the read.
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful By reinoud slagter on August 5, 2010
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Any book of my former teacher 't Hooft is interesting. This book is a very original document on planets. Worth reading!
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