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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As the sun moves away, the distant star appears to move back into its normal place. Amazing how guys did things in those days There is not a single formula in the main body of the text, but you still get a good conceptual grasp of what This book tells the story of the science of black holes despite the title, “time machines” feature only in the last chapter, where it is concluded that they most likely cannot exist.

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 eccentric author who reveals scientific enterprise of quantum gravity and black holes research in a simple language. Jul 21, Lauren rated it really liked it.

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

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. May 26, Woflmao rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kip Thorne’s Wildest Hlack ].

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. The intense gravity of the sun is enough to bend the path of light that passes near it. After this ,the search of astronomical black holes as result of imploding massive stars and the big black holes in the galactic nucleus,recently tohrne the search of gravitational waves,the last test of the theory and also recently confirmed.


A sequel to Black holes and time warps would be equally welcome. Thorne in fact is strongest for the novice reader when dealing with the history of the physics community”. Yet astronomers have found good evidence they exist. Norton’s privacy policy and terms of use.

Black Holes and Time Warps: The book basically tells the story of the rise of Cosmology and Particle Physics since the s, explaining in layman’s terms the leading theories, discoveries and the scientists who initiated the theories that we now accept as fact, proven through mathematical formulae where physical proof is still beyond our reach.

Mar 31, GridGirl rated it really liked it Shelves: The hard science, however, is here, and is laid out in a way that is accessible for common readers.

It’s written in a way that’s fairly easy to understand, but the theories themselves were giving me a hard time. Ehrlich, author of The Thoene Bomb More. To me some concepts were a bit hard to understand for examp I bought this book in randomly, but never had the chance to read it until recently.

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

I love how the blxck of the gravitational physics is presented and the culture of physics and physicists. I had to chuckle when Thorne would describe untold hours and even years of work being upset like this: Prior to joining Space.

Thorne writes about gravitational waves “ripples of spacetime curvature”gravitons or particles assocated with gravitational waves, and gravitational radiation. 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 were quickly recognized as a feasible solution of Einstein’s field equationsbut were rejected as physically implausible by most physicists.

It’s still an klp book, although, as pointed out earlier, somewhat dated. 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.


She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos. Jan 29, Karl rated it really liked it Shelves: In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr.

We’d never seen waterspouts — tornadoes over water. This book is free of marketing strategies of the publisher as the author shares his knowledge with the reader to his best of abilities to make everyone understands it even by offering few simple calculations and formulas.

Stephen Hawking Foreword by. The next two chapters are on white dwarfs and neutron stars and the Chandrasekhar limit, and the next two explain why massive stars must implode to form black holes.

Holws does a great job of catching the reader up in the excitement of the professionally curious who holrs forever asking why.

Thorne, whose field is general relativity, begins with two chapters outlining special and general relativity — Einstein’s “legacy”. Overall this is an outstanding work of science literature, even though it is 20 years old. Originally published on my blog here in August The theories currently don’t give any specific indication of where a solution might be found.

‘Black Holes and Time Warps’

Two decades later, Thorne’s first book remains a premier resource on the subject. In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr. A This is probably the best pop science book I ever read. This all remains theoretical, of course, as no one has ever actually fallen into a black hole. In this book, especially the short story prologue, we can get a glimpse of the singularity from which that film sprung.

Kip Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Physics at Caltech, is best known to the blacck public for his wormhole “time machine” proposal. Thorne depicts his colleagues at work, and the descriptions of their discoveries, discussions and mistakes are an integral part of the development of the subject: