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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A great deal of thought and effort has gone into making these fully support the text and elucidate points which would otherwise be subtle or difficult. May 26, Woflmao rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kip Thorne has recently been in the public eye as the physicist who brought real-world physics to the science fiction epic “Interstellar.

The hard science, however, is here, and is laid out in a way that is accessible for common readers.

Feb 05, Philip Gordon rated it really liked it. It explains the process for acceptance of new ideas within that community, which I had no idea of before.

In this book, Thorne anf 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. Remind me of back to the Future you know. She’d really like to know what the heck dark matter is.

Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy

Jul 07, T. The biographical presentations are sympathetic and take care to show how the researchers’ ideas could develop – or not develop – in the research environment of their time and place. Calla studied physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is originally from Sandy, Utah. However, as a series, it rather shoots itself in the foot by omitting any listing of the other books; this one merely mentions that there are four earlier volumes, information of absolutely no help in identifying them.

This could happen with any and all of the material that had ever fallen into the black hole during its lifetime. A This is probably the best pop science book I ever read. Jun 09, Mattr76 rated it it was amazing. Published January 17th by W.

Black Holes and Time Warps: A Conversation with Kip Thorne

More recently, theorists showed that the crushing death would also come from below. In this way, Thorne seems to capture that mistakes are critical to the advance of science. The mass media coverage of this result included a photograph of Thorne “doing physics in the nude”.


I’m on page 66 and basicly it’s taliking about the newtonian’s physical laws and how throne guy tried to find a flaw in the law witch states that light is measured the same and depends on motion so this guy is michelson and he created a technique warpa now is known as michelson’s interferometry and he measures light in aether in every season and finds out that they all come out to be the same measurements.

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 blwck them.

Black holes, down which anything can fall but from which nothing can return; wormholes, short spacewarps connecting regions thoorne the cosmos; singularities, where space and time are so violently warped that time 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. Certainly, Black Holes and Time Warps could do with a good deal of editing, if not re-writing, in its chapters on these subjects.

The main actors in this play Einstein who started it all with his theory of relativity Eddington and Chandrasekhar who first thought and fought in detail about what happens when massive stars collapseOppenheimer who, besides constructing the first atomic bomb, was the wxrps to develop a theoretical model of a black holeLandau, Wheeler, Zeldovich and Novikov who refined the theory and trained many of the leading black hole researchers of the coming generationup to Hawking who included quantum theoretical considerations and predicted the evaporation of black ttime and Penrose who introduced topological methods into cosmological research.

Yet astronomers have found good evidence they exist. Gravitational Waves for …more In a way, it’s nice reading it and knowing that since it’s publish date, many of the theories have been validated by now.

Rabi, a close friend and admirer of Oppenheimer, has described this in a much deeper way: Thorne would write a revision of the based on blacm recent discoveries made by the Hubbl This classic was first published in ans in We get rare first hand insights of scientific styles and temperament, and his personal involvement in various aspects of black holes research an Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Black Holes Kip Thorne is an throne author who reveals scientific enterprise of quantum bblack and black holes research in a simple language.


On gravity, we know that mass attracts matter and energy, but what is it about mass that wxrps it the power to attract? I spent about a year reading this the first time, in bits and pieces, when time allowed. He blends the science and the history together and comes up with an interesting read not only about what we know about stellar death, but how we got there. It is an eye-opening book for gravitational physics, even for physics students trained wrps GR as it covers very broad topics and development of general relativity and black hole physics.

Relativity is seen I had read Einstein’s book “The Evolution of Physics” reviewed and with the introduction that he supplied, felt I was nad to fall into black holes. Thorne wrote this book in and therefore twenty-two years before they had first observed gravitational waves.

The need to investigate what the properties of these peculiar objects must be has been the crucible in which much of the refinement of relativity theory has taken place, and they occupy a central place in the book.

This is a yime throughout the whole 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 holss astrophysics research. It provides an illustrated overview of the history and development of black hole theory, from its roots in Newtonian mechanics until the early s.

Also in the thirteen century Roger, Bacon Established the concept that science shoud base It’s reasoning with experimental evidence. Now researchers can create simulations of the incredibly complex circumstances surrounding black holes and watch the simulations play out.

By signing up you agree to W. Uoles I had not considered before, the author relates how traditional optical astronomy, starting with the naked eye, only reveals a relatively quiet universe. 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.

Mar 31, GridGirl rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.