Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at CalTech, here offers an accessible, deftly illustrated history . Black Holes & Time Warps has ratings and reviews. Travis said: Want to learn what happens to stars when they die, but you lack a post-doc in as. Thorne’s book, “Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy” ( W. W. Norton & Company, ), touches on many of the same.

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I recommend this to almost everyone, Has a lot of concepts cleared, Lfgacy the Astronaut Story in the beginning, Scientific concepts put in the most elegant way, Must read for everyone, After reading this einsrein The ninth chapter is on massive black holes in radio galaxies and quasars.

He uses analogies whenever the concepts get very complex. View all 3 comments. There is a sudden improvement as soon as the account turns to the renewed research into black holes following the end timf the Second World War, particularly once Thorne himself becomes involved during the sixties.

Jan 16, Arko rated it it was amazing Shelves: Black holes are discussed in great detail, as you’d expect, but not as you’d expect the discussion can be followed without difficulty through the decades, as one great mind after another puts up an idea to be either upheld against fierce criticism or destroyed by the math of another.

The author warps up the second part by discussing the possibility of constructing wormholes with exotic matter tunnels in space connecting two widely separated locations in the universe through hyperspace for interstellar travel and back outrageosu the future.

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.

Originally published on my blog here in August There, the level of pegacy went where I could not follow, and abstraction is what the cutting edge of physics is all about. Since Kip Thorne recommended the construction of the first gravity wave interferometer at Caltech, he’s well placed to discuss the search.

The rip-roaring world of X-rays, gamma rays and gravity waves cannot be “seen” without special instruments that have only been practical within the last 75 years.

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And of course, there’s the awesome fact that Thorne loves weird science. Other experiments that don’t involve a multi-billion-dollar machine have also searched for the “bulk,” but so far those have turned up nothing. In the last chapter he presents some of his own Want to learn what happens to stars when they die, but you lack a post-doc in astrophysics? I found myself revelling in it, not wanting the story to end.


Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who helped bring real science to the movie “Interstellar. Kip Thorne, along with fellow theorists Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, a cadre of Russians, and earlier scientists such as Oppenheimer, Wheeler and Chandrasekhar, has been in the thick of the quest to secure answers.

It offers accessible explanations of the science responsible for black holes and other mind-boggling physical phenomena in the universe. This was a particularly good one.

Thorne takes you across the electromagnetic spectrum, from light through radio and X-rays up to the latest area of investigation, non-electromagnetic gravity waves, being sought as the inevitable result of black holes in collision. In the last chapter he presents some of his own research on how black holes may be used to create time traveling wormholes.

While these are central to his discussion of black holes, as presented these terms were hard to grasp. The book delves into the history of how Einstein changed the way Physicists viewed the Universe, the controversy it caused, and the discoveries of many other Physicists from around the world.

And I would hope that the books that I’ve written may have some role in educating the public about the power of science for dealing with these kinds of things. Of the book, The New York Times wrote, “the close and sometimes difficult reasoning it embodies is lightened by a deft, anecdotal approach, and by the author’s whimsical drawings and diagrams.

Leading the reader on this awesome journey is theoretical astrophysicist Kip Thorne, who during his career was considered a world authority on black holes and other strange topics in astrophysics.

Cart Support Signed in as: Anyone interested in black hole and space travel must have this book. The 7th chapter is on the “Golden Age” of black hole research and what was discovered about them; the 8th chapter is on the search for actual black holes. The author gives us a good historical background to build his case for black hole concept.

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

There are more weird holess in this book than in a carnival freak show, yet all of them have stood up to the best testing that has einshein devised. It reminds me of few lines from the work lsgacy William Blake here: 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”: Relativity is seen by the wildly different amount of time experienced by the astronauts compared to that on earth during their absence.


Thorne mentioned specifically the work of physicists Lisa Randall at Harvard and Raman Sundrum at the University of Maryland, who have proposed that the bulk might be something scientists can detect through experiments. Te book ends with two speculative subjects,the structure of the hipotetical singularity inside a black hole as a quantum space time foam as quantum gravity predicts and the existence of womholes in the spacetime sustained by exotic matter and its possible use for interestellar trips or time machines here the movie” Interestellar”.

Ohles 26, Stephie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thorne states that “when gravity is present a [free] particle is one “on which no forces act except gravity. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

What ‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ Means to Me

Start Over More Quizzes. Because spacetime is a dimension that we can never see, limited as we are to the 3 dimensions that we know, Thorne uses what are called embedding diagrams to give a sense of how curvature of spacetime can result in the three angles of a tiime summing to more or less than degrees, or the shortest distance between two points not being a straight line as we would see it.

Thorne also showed me and, I hope, many people that writing for a general, non-scientific audience was not beneath one of the greatest astrophysicists in the world. 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 wrote this book in and therefore twenty-two years before t Kip Thorne, author of Black Holes and Time Warpsis one of three Nobel laureates for Physics of Basically, I can sum bllack what I wrote above in just two words: He presents the development of physics up to the then-present day in a combination of theoretical sidebars and some very basic mathematics held together by character sketches, anecdotes, and biographies of those involved.