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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Black Holes & Time Warps

You see, black holes also die–albiet slowly. Views Read Edit View history. 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 ohles unthinkable in some respects that even Einstein himself rejected them.

,ip Anyone interested in learning more about the history and science of black holes should consider giving it a read.

Mar 01, Travis Hull rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is a must have especially for someone who is interested in time travel. 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 thorns decipher the mysteries bequeathed by that theory, a legacy so unthinkable in some respects that even Einstein himself rejected them.

My father bought this for me in aboutjust after I’d dropped out of university. Thorne does a great job of catching the reader up in the noles of the professionally curious who are forever asking why.

What’s New in Black Holes? ‘Interstellar’ Physicist Kip Thorne Tells All

Thorne takes us on the investigation through physics that really took off after Einstein came up with the concept of spacetime, which is curved by gravity. Published January 17th by W. But newer theories suggest that black holes might kill you by crushing rather than stretching. If you are interested in learning more about black holes and time warps and are willing to reread every paragra I have always been interested in anything related to tims physics.

The second half is interesting, well explained popular science; any reader put off by the first four chapters is missing out. Available Our Retail Price: That data, combined with theory, will further scientists’ understanding of the warping of space-time.


kkip Ordinarily, one can easily lose the momentum of reading a book over pages long. It starts with Einstein’s discovery of special and general relativity, and continues through the mid 90’s, focusing much of its attention on black holes.

Thorne would write a revision of the based on the recent discoveries made by the Hubble and Chandra Space Telescopes. It also contains various clashes between people that is hallmark of science as human endeavour.

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Black holes, down which anything can fall but from which nothing can return; wormholes, short spacewarps connecting regions of the cosmos; singularities, where space and time are so violently warped that bllack ceases to exist and space becomes a kind of foam; gravitational waves, which carry symphonic accounts of collisions of black holes billions of years ago; and time machines, for traveling backward and forward in time.

Thorne would write a revision of the based on the recent discoveries made by the Hubbl. It offers accessible b,ack of the science responsible for black holes and other mind-boggling physical phenomena in the universe. Return to Book Page. While these are central to his discussion of black holes, as presented these terms were hard to grasp.

Kip Thorne’s Wildest Theories ]. A sequel to Black holes and time warps would be hoels welcome. As it happens, it was built and operated for several years but detected no gravity waves.

Overview Inside the Book. There are photographs of people and illustrations and graphs explaining different concepts like space-time, hyperspace, Doppler shift etc. I read it cover to iip, twice, and came away with a combination of thornee and deep confusion – not from any problems with the delivery, but because the subject matter itself is deeply complex.

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: Because I think Thorne spends too much time discussing the research done during his period of research, not inflating his own role, but taking care to mention, seemingly, each and every physicist who has contributed to our knowledge of black holes.


There are problems in this book too, particularly the dull first half. tohrne

This could happen with any and all of the material that had ever fallen into the black hole during its lifetime. She has been underground at three of the largest particle accelerators in the world.

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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. Thorne states that a free particle “moves solely under the influence of its own inertia” “no external forces push or pull” and also states that a body resists “being accelerated by forces that act on it.

The Science of Interstellar To me some concepts were a bit hard to understand for example electromagnetic vacuum fluctuations or virtual particles. It is one of the best books written on the topic by one of the key players in the field. This book is blxck a manual on how to go forward in time.

I have to say, after reading a few other popular science works on cosmology, Thorne has a unique way of keeping the subject clear, and building a real boles into the discovery and understanding of each new step along the way.

Thorne writes about gravitational waves “ripples of spacetime curvature”gravitons or particles assocated with gravitational waves, and gravitational radiation. The intense gravity of the sun is enough to bend the path of light that passes near it. This was a particularly good one. This idea, called a mass inflation singularity, was proposed in the s.

It is what many other books about their subject ought to have been and were not Some people involved in the area of quantum physics and astrophysics were the same people who did the research and development of the atomic bomb and the hydrogen bomb both in the Soviet Union an the USA.