Kip Thorne, the physicist who wrote the book on black holes (and time warps), discusses the new physics he’s most excited about, and exactly. Black Holes & Time Warps has ratings and reviews. Kip Thorne, author of Black Holes and Time Warps, is one of three Nobel laureates for Physics. Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy. Kip S. Thorne, Author, Stephen Hawking, Introduction by W. W. Norton & Company $30 (p).

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As many of them are personally known to him, the portraits he gives are vivid and immediate. Thorne and other researchers studying black holes have had heyday over the last 20 years as supercomputing power has steadily increased. Now researchers can create simulations of the incredibly complex circumstances surrounding black holes and watch the simulations play out. Whenever I go into any type of store I’m always picking up books that is similar to this book. I’m on page and this chapter was about the general retaivity that states that it doesn’t work inside a black hole and it is said that Quantum gravity law’s will be the set of laws that can.

Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip S. Thorne

Black holes, down Ever since Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity burst upon the world in some of the most brilliant minds of our century have sought to decipher the mysteries bequeathed by that theory, a legacy so unthinkable in some respects that even Einstein himself rejected them. Behind it all lies Einstein’s relativity that opened up a chapter thornne the search for truth by minds that have to model places in the universe where matter and energy take holss magnitudes unknown to human experience.


Thorne in fact is strongest for the novice reader when hols with the history of the physics community”. I especially found the passages about Soviet physicists interesting, how the politics of the Cold War kept otherwise cooperative thinkers apart, and how the nuclear arms race both hindered and helped astrophysics research. Kip Thorne’s Wildest Theories ]. To me some concepts were a bit hard to understand for examp I bought this book in randomly, but never had the chance to read it until recently.

Black Holes & Time Warps

On gravity, we know that mass attracts matter and energy, but what is it about mass that gives it the power to attract? We’d never seen waterspouts — tornadoes over water.

This is probably the best pop science book I ever read. Join Kip Thorne for this inside story on what is real, though it may contradict our experience. The first part of the book describes theory of relativity, concept of spacetime fabric of the universe and curvature of spacetime in presence glack matter stars, galaxies, etc. There is a sudden improvement as soon as the account turns to the renewed research into black holes following the end of the Second World War, particularly once Thorne himself becomes involved during the sixties.

Yet astronomers have found good evidence they exist. In this book, especially the short story prologue, we can get a glimpse of the singularity from which that film sprung. It’s still an excellent book, although, as pointed out earlier, somewhat dated. This is a kkp throughout the whole book.

Return to Book Page. Kip Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Physics at Caltech, is best known to the general public for his wormhole “time machine” proposal. The mass media coverage of this result included a photograph of Thorne “doing physics in the nude”.

The intense gravity of the sun is enough to bend the path of light that passes near it. Another subject high on Thorne’s list of topics he’d like to discuss in an update of his book is an idea used in the movie “Interstellar”: Black holes are so bizarre, they sound unreal. Black holes have been discovered in the center of dying giant stars and in centers of galaxies, and efforts are underway to detect the black hole gravitational waves carried to earth from distant parts of the universe and to seek the secret of what is inside a black hole: He introduces us to the many people who have contributed to the picture that is still emerging.


I’m not what you would call an intellectual and I’ve never studied Physics, but I found this book easily accessible and even fascinating.

There, the level of abstraction went where I could not follow, and abstraction is what the cutting edge of physics is all about. The famous black holes of the title are the result of relativity’s seemingly preposterous, but inescapable, conclusion that space-time contains singularities – regions where gravity appears to be infinite at least until quantum effects are considered.

Black holes were quickly recognized as a feasible solution of Einstein’s field equationsbut were rejected as physically implausible by most physicists.

Sagan’s request made Thorne realize the value of thought glack that ask, “What things do the laws of physics permit an infinitely advanced civilization to do, and what do the laws forbid?

Talk about machine language! Thorne states that “when gravity is present a [free] particle is one “on which no forces act except gravity.

In the s came Stephen Hawking ‘s startling prediction of black hole evaporation, powered by quantum fluctuations near the event horizon.