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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Join Kip Thorne for this inside story on what is real, though it may contradict our experience. In this book, especially the short story prologue, we can get a glimpse of the singularity from which that film sprung. It offers accessible explanations of the science responsible for black holes and other mind-boggling physical phenomena in the universe. I recommend this to almost everyone, Has a lot of concepts cleared, Love the Astronaut Story in the beginning, Scientific concepts put in the most elegant way, Must read for everyone, After reading this book Also, if they are the same, what is it?

Mar 01, Travis Hull rated it it was amazing Shelves: The idea is to get a personal picture on topics of current interest, written by prominent characters involved in the research.

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

What’s nice to this book is that it has a lot of personal elements – how different important figures are different in their characters and the way they guide their students and how they come to accept and reject certain ideas, or even how certain people gets attention or not by the community by virtue of his chara It is an eye-opening book for gravitational physics, even for physics students trained in GR as it covers very broad topics and development of general relativity and black hole physics.

I bought this book in randomly, but never had the chance to read it until recently. Granted, I picked it up when I was still a young, idealistic undergrad — not a cynical, quantum gravity shmavity, string-theory-is-crap, PhD. Ordinarily, one can easily lose the momentum of reading a book over pages long. It is a very well-written book.

The topics within – particularly the sections on relativity and event diagrams – require the reader to spend some time turning them over in the mind to reach an intuitive understanding. Is it too much outdated now? Thorne writes about gravitational waves “ripples of spacetime curvature”gravitons or particles assocated with gravitational waves, and gravitational radiation.


Though my interest in the subject matter has waned in recent years, I still have a fondness for the way things like relativity, temporal distortion, star-collapse and event horizons were explained in this book.

Brilliant to the core.

Black holes and time warps is a wonderful, exciting book. The theories currently don’t give any specific indication of where a solution might be found. Only the speed of light is constant everywhere and always. The hard science, however, is here, and is laid out in a way that is accessible for common readers. It follows the chronological development of the theory, blending biographical facts about the leading scientists and their research environment with easy to follow non-technical explanation of the results.

My father bought this for me in aboutjust after I’d dropped o In this book, Thorne tried to write a pop-science book giving the state of play in theoretical astrophysics inso obviously a bit dated but at the same time making it accessible to the non-practitioner. It’s written in a way that’s fairly easy to understand, but the theories themselves were giving me a hard time.

The best way I’ve found to think of spacetime is as follows: 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. 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.

Thorne was a consultant to the movie and is listed as one of the executive producers of the film. Some part of this book describes these developments. As many of them are personally known to him, the portraits he gives are vivid and immediate. 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.

Black Holes and Time Warps: Randall discussed the details of this theory in the book “Warped Passages” Harper Perennial, He is also effectively responsible for the discovery of the possibility that if a stable wormhole could be created and manipulated in a specific manner without destroying it, then it would form a type of time machine.

It provides an illustrated overview of the history and development of black hole theory, from its roots in Newtonian mechanics until the early s. Nonetheless Thorne’s writing has a comfortable, informal style and, as a semi-auto -biographical work on the most influential physicists of the last century, this book is well worth a look.


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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.

This is one small example of blak connections Thorne shows between his field and others.

This book about gravity and black holes seems more like a detailed history of the last years of physics, particularly the effort to unite quantum mechanics with Einstein’s relativity theory. Thorne and other researchers studying black holes have had heyday over the last 20 years as supercomputing power has steadily increased.

I’m on page and basically I’m learning the diagram of a black hole and what sorrounds it for example the absolute horizon is in the black hole and the snd horizon is the outer layer of black hole and basicly the apparent horizon sucks in all the photons that try to get away now what sorrounds a black hole is accretion disk which is basically a gas that could also be found in a nuetron star.

Picador has the makings of a most interesting series of popular science books. Overview Inside the Book. 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 ]. Even as early as the bllack century there was speculation about what would happen if a star was so massive that its gravity would prevent even timw from escaping. This idea, called a mass inflation singularity, was proposed in the s. He is also crazy ad to take bet with peers for things such as Penthouse magazine and annoy his wife and family with Mormon heritage. From to she was a producer for The Physics Central Podcast.

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

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