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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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Granted, I picked it up when I was still a young, tjorne undergrad — not a cynical, quantum gravity shmavity, string-theory-is-crap, PhD. I love books about physics, particularly books that attempt to explain our universe and its contents.

Kip Thorne has recently been in the public eye as the physicist who brought real-world physics to the science fiction epic “Interstellar.

I love how the history of the gravitational physics is presented and the culture of physics and physicists.

I have lost count of the number of astronomy books published in the last years with poor quality photos or drawings. The author gives us a good historical background to build his case for black hole concept. I spent about a year reading this the first time, in bits and pieces, when time allowed.

The last chapter which was about wormholes and the possibility of time machines was more like science fiction based on absurd assumptions.

Overall this is an outstanding work of science literature, even though it is 20 years old. 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.

This book is rich in history, and classical Newtonian physics and theory of relativity and modern physics quantum mechanics are presented in non mathematical form. The wormhole work grew out of a request from Carl Sagan for a plausible FTL transport scheme for his science-fiction novel Contact which I recommend.

My father bought this for me in aboutjust after I’d dropped out of university. I’m on page and this chapter was about the general retaivity that states that it doesn’t work inside a black hole and it is said that Quantum gravity law’s will be the set of laws that can. View all 3 comments. In this way, Thorne seems to capture that mistakes are critical to the advance of science. This was a particularly good one.


‘Black Holes and Time Warps’

My favorite parts of the book are those when he details how a particular discovery is made, pointing which parts of the scientist’s thinking was correct, and which was incorrect. In the last chapter he presents some of his own research on how black holes may be used to create time traveling wormholes. He is also crazy enough to take bet with peers for things such as Penthouse magazine and annoy his wife and family with Mormon heritage.

There are books we love and books we hate, and then there are books that irrevocably change our lives; for me, that book is “Black Holes and Time Warps” by Kip Thorne. Black holes, down which anything can fall but from which nothing can return; wormholes, short spacewarps connecting regions of 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.

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To me some concepts were a bit hard to understand for example electromagnetic vacuum fluctuations or virtual particles. Calla Cofield joined the crew of Space.

So impressive was his work that astronomers from the Yerkes Observatory traveled to visit him. Blcak has done an excellent job of putting just about anything you’d want to know about the topic in layman’s terms, but the math and physics is also there if you want it.

On gravity, we know that mass attracts matter and energy, but what is it about mass that thoren it the power to attract? Relativity is seen 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.

Calla studied physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is originally from Sandy, Utah. ThorneKip Thorne No preview available – Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To tell you the truth I’m really skeptical on the concept of time travel.

Unless you can do the math which this book blessedly 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.

Timw 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. 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. With this finding was born the modern era of molecular biology and genetics.


This would create a singularity: And of course, there’s the awesome fact that Thorne loves weird science. Jan 29, Karl rated it really liked it Shelves: A reference book of popular science on relativity,black holes,wormholes,time machines and its history. I have to say, after reading a few other popular science works on cosmology, Thorne has a unique way of keeping the subject clear, and building a real suspense into the discovery and understanding of each n What is remarkable about this book is that it stays relatively current, even after twenty years.

There is an idea held by some people in the physics community that a scientist who engages with the public produces qarps science and data points like Thorne, Stephen Hawking, Richard Feynman, Neil deGrasse TysonCarl SaganLisa Randall, Sean Carroll and the many, many other highly talented scientists engaging the public in new and exciting blac, are apparently not enough to eliminate this notion.

The New York Times. 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? The book features a foreword by Stephen Hawking and an introduction by Frederick Seitz.

In no way, shape or form you have to be a doctor of physics or anything like that to understand the general concepts of this book. The idea of black holes remained in academic obscurity among few who believed in it and it progressively became clear that dying giant stars undergo implosions in which nuclear force the strongest of all four forces of cosmos buckles under gravitational force creating a blackholes.

Thorne’s book was a breath of fresh air for me. Thorne was an executive producer for the film Interstellar.

More warp, theorists showed that the crushing death would also come from below.