At a conference in Dublin, Stephen Hawking revealed a bet he had made with an American physicist, John Preskill, who had never accepted the British scientist’s contention that information could not be lost from black holes. Yesterday Professor Hawking admitted he had changed his mind.
The loser was to provide the winner with an encyclopedia of his choice, Professor Hawking explained, and Professor Preskill wanted a baseball encyclopedia. “I had great difficulty in finding one, so I offered him an encyclopedia of cricket, but John wouldn’t be persuaded of the superiority of cricket.”
So, if you were in Professor Preskill’s shoes (you were able to win the bet by proving Stephen Hawking incorrect), which encylopedia would you have picked?