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. Astrophysicist Kip Thorne’s book on the black holes was a revelation for me in college, both for its science content and Thorne’s willingness to. 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.

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In the last chapter he presents some of his own research on how black holes may be used holws create time traveling wormholes. There are more weird things in this book than in a carnival freak show, yet all of them have stood up to the best testing that has been devised.

‘Black Holes and Time Warps’

Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy Kip S. Kip Thorne’s popular science book on the history and science of black holes and twisted space-time is still relevant 20 years after its publication. There is no independent time, alike for everyone everywhere. Selected pages Title Page. The text flows well and it is deeply engrossing. I didn’t expect this to be an easy read but I didn’t really expect to have any problem getting through it since I’ve been researching this type of stuff since I was in 8th grade.

I recommend this book to anybody who like’s science and like’s to read. The last chapter is the one on wormholes and the theory of time machines.

She’d really like to know what the heck dark matter is.

In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr. After a catchy opening on board a space ship that “time-travels” to the largest black hole in the universe, we learn about Newton, Einstein, Oppenheimer, quantum gravity, weak tthorne strong forces, space-time, wormholes and various other juicy concepts that unite and divide Star Trek fans the world over.

Stephen Hawking Foreword by. I had read Einstein’s book “The Evolution of Physics” reviewed and with the introduction that he supplied, felt I was ready to fall into black holes. There, the level of abstraction went where I could not follow, and abstraction is what the cutting edge of physics is all about. Overall this is an outstanding work of science literature, even though it is 20 years old. Also in the thirteen century Roger, Bacon Established the concept that science shoud base It’s reasoning with experimental evidence.


I gave the book a five out of five because I really enjoy learning knew things and complex things like this really great equation which I’m trying to learn and it’s the Shrodinger’s equation, now this connects with the book because It’s complex and that’s how the book is, and that’s why I like it.

Work by Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar suggested that collapsing stars beyond a certain mass cannot be supported by degeneracy pressurebut this result was challenged by the more prestigious Arthur Stanley Eddingtonand was not fully accepted for several decades.

Anyone who struggled with that book will find here a more slowly paced but equally mind-stretching experience, with the added fascination of a rich historical and human component. His mention of a bet with Hawking was especially amusing, since Hawking brought it up in one of his own books as well as the fact that Thorne seemed to have sealed the deal.

Thorne’s enthusiasm and clarity carry the reader away – with help from the many fine line illustrations and diagrams by Matthew Zimet. The central theme of the book is gravity and what happens when it becomes far more powerful than we know it to be in our solar system. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This sounds like it could have made for dry anc, but the personalities as well as trials and political conflicts that affected the personalities involved bring the events to life on a very human level.

What ‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ Means to Me

May 04, Steve Walker rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nevertheless, the book goes into the general theory of gravitational waves and the process of developing a suitable observatory for these waves — all of this, without using complicated formulas or the like.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I was feeling out of my place and out of my league among many of my peers, and I feared science would inevitably slip out of my life.


Norton’s privacy policy and terms of use. Sagan’s request made Thorne realize the value of thought experiment Kip Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Physics at Caltech, is best known to the general public for his wormhole “time machine” proposal. Calla Cofield joined the crew of Space. I’ve read a handful of books on the subject of cosmology and physics but where those have fallen short, Professor Thorne has achieved excellence.

The Science of Interstellar Thorne, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at Caltech, leads his readers through an elegant, always human, tapestry of interlocking themes, coming finally to a uniquely informed answer to the great question: Anyone interested in learning more about the history and science of black holes should consider giving it a read.

It also contains various clashes between people that is hallmark of science as human endeavour. Dec 14, Jose Moa rated it it was amazing Shelves: She’d really like to know what the heck dark matter is.

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

The book combines the history of the discoveries with the actual science in a very interesting manner; this is probably the best of the books I have read this month, apart from the classic by Weinberg, and the historical approach means that although the science is somewhat outdated the book really never becomes outdated, because the history is still the history. Because of the age of this book, I was curious to see what happened with this particular project, called LIGO.

Account Options Sign in. ThorneKip Thorne No preview available – Thorne’s book, “Black Holes and Time Warps: He lives in Pasadena, California.

Einstein showed that light has mass, though very little, and is therefor affected by gravity.