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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This has turned out to be a perfect way to start my new year along with the wonderful discoveries of gravitational waves from merging black holes and neutron stars in the last couple of years. It provides an illustrated overview of the history and development of black hole theory, from its roots in Newtonian timd until the early s. This is probably the best pop science book I ever read. I read this book when I was just going into high-school, and in sparked a long interest in astrophysics and quantum mechanics.

Black Holes & Time Warps

When I was reading it I didn’t know, for instance, about the distinction between theorists and experimentalists, and I ate stuff like that up.

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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.

In the movie “Interstellar,” the “bulk” is called “the fifth dimension. Whatever we perceive is well attached to which frame of reference we are on.

I would imagine that, given their importance in twentieth century physics, quantum mechanics and relativity will be explained in every book in this series, and the length at which these explanations are tmie is really unnecessary.

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

I especially like the way the experts guide their students in this book explained in every bit of important development and how ideas come to be disagreed or agreed between students and mentors.


But nobody expects you to gulp down a page NF about physics in one sitting. Behind it all lies Einstein’s relativity that opened up a chapter on the search for truth by minds that have to model places in the universe where matter and energy take on magnitudes unknown to human experience. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Randall discussed the details of this theory in the book “Warped Passages” Harper Perennial, Skip to main content.

Feb 25, Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 23, Lora Carney rated it really liked it Shelves: Thorne is one of the most important researchers in gravity and black holes.

Paperbackpages. It effectively starts with Einstein and his alternate ideas to Newtonian Physics and works forward from there. So impressive was his work that astronomers from the Yerkes Holee traveled to visit him. 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, d I’m not what you would call an intellectual and I’ve never studied Physics, but I found this book easily sarps and even fascinating.

And their collisions create wild oscillations in the rate of flow of time and in the whirling motions of spacein complicated vortex-like or whirlpool-like behaviors.

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Granted, I picked it up when I was still a young, idealistic undergrad — not a cynical, quantum gravity shmavity, string-theory-is-crap, PhD. After this ,the search of astronomical black holes as result of imploding massive stars and the big black holes in the galactic nucleus,recently confirmed,also the search of gravitational waves,the last test of the theory and also recently confirmed.

Proceeding separately from theoretical research into relativity, and with the refinement of radio astronomyastrophysics began to produce unusual observations of extremely intense radio sources, which were apparently located outside of the Milky Way. And when research in fundamental physics converges with work on nuclear weapons, he does not shirk from giving a careful and balanced account of the involvement of scientists concerned. In the final chapter, Thorne delves into even more speculative matters relating to black hole physics, including the existence and nature of wormholes and time machines.


The first part of the book describes theory of relativity, concept of spacetime fabric of the universe and curvature of spacetime in presence of matter stars, galaxies, etc.

I found myself revelling in it, not wanting the story to end. Of the book, Tohrne 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. It’s written in a way that’s fairly easy to understand, but the theories themselves were giving me a hard time.

This book is a must have especially for someone who is interested in time travel. Now, if light cannot change speed and must be coming to us from that distant star by the shortest path at all times, then it is the path, through Einstein’s spacetime, that is distorted because of the sun’s gravity.

The book features a foreword by Stephen Hawking and an introduction by Frederick Seitz. It’s still an excellent book, although, as pointed out earlier, somewhat dated. Anyone interested in black hole and space travel must have this book. Kip Thorne, waarps 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.

There, the level of abstraction went where I could not follow, and abstraction is what the cutting edge of physics is all about. Some people involved in the area of quantum physics and astrophysics were the same people who did the research and development of the atomic bomb and the hydrogen bomb both in the Soviet Union an the USA. Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy” W. Black holes are so bizarre, they sound unreal. That data, combined with theory, will further scientists’ understanding of the warping of space-time.

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