Does Professor Leonardo Susskind teach mainstream physics?

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Doug Huffman
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Recently a number of threads have been squelched shortly after mention of Susskind's cutting edge physics with reference to mainstream-textbook-peer reviewed-physics. He is the leading proponent of String/M-Theory and of the Holographic Principle. True, he has not yet published a textbook per se, but then neither is he suffering some peculiar mortality yet.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Susskind

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQrxduI9Pds1fm91Dmn8x1lo-O_kpZGk8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/046502811X

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0-465-03667-8
 

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Susskind has published two Physics books though:

Classical Mechanics, The Theoretical Minimum and Quantum Mechanics, The Theoretical Minumum

These could well be used in introductory courses on these subjects. The original audience though were professionals who always wanted to know more than the popularized versions of physics but never had the time or chance to take the next level of physics.
 
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Thanks for being so gentle, I hope subsequent commentators are as well. A correspondent suggested a counter-example so I went wading in the mainstream to find Neil Tyson.
 
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"An Introduction To Black Holes, Information And The String Theory Revolution: The Holographic Universe" by Susskind andLindesay (Author),

https://www.amazon.com/dp/9812561315/?tag=pfamazon01-20

is aimed at about the level of a senior undergraduate physics major.

"The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics" and "The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design",

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0316016411/?tag=pfamazon01-20
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0316013331/?tag=pfamazon01-20

are intended for laypersons.
 
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Doug, I notice that in a couple of threads posts you have called him Leonardo. Is that some kind of sarcasm or what?
 

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