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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But when I cracked open “Black Holes and Time Warps,” the joy that had made me pursue science in holee first place came back to me.

He is also effectively responsible for the discovery of the possibility that b,ack a stable wormhole could be created and manipulated in a specific manner without destroying it, then it would form a type of time machine. 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.

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Thorne’s enthusiasm and clarity carry the reader away – with help from the many fine line illustrations and diagrams by Matthew Zimet. Mar 31, GridGirl rated it really liked it Shelves: The last chapter is the one on wormholes and the theory of time machines. He uses analogies whenever the concepts get very complex.

Feb 25, Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it Shelves: I think the book itself will be a strong force. Start the Quiz 0 of 10 questions complete Black Hole Quiz: Overview Inside the Book. Randall discussed the details of this theory in the book “Warped Passages” Harper Perennial, Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, leads his readers through an elegant, always human, tapestry of interlocking themes, coming finally to a uniquely informed answer to the great thone May 26, Woflmao rated it it was amazing Shelves: It starts with Einstein’s discovery of special and general relativity, and continues through the mid I love books about physics, particularly books that attempt to explain our universe and its contents.


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

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. 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. I don’t know what that means of course, but this is still all mind-blowing stuff.

Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy is a popular science book by darps Kip Thorne. 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.

Of the book, The New York Times wrote, “the close and sometimes difficult reasoning tjorne embodies is lightened by a deft, anecdotal approach, and by the author’s whimsical drawings and diagrams.

This was a particularly good one. What’s nice to this book is blsck it has vlack lot of personal elements – how different important figures are different in their characters and the way they guide their students and how they come to accept and reject certain ideas, or even how certain people gets attention or not by the community by virtue of his chara It is an eye-opening book for gravitational physics, even for physics students trained in GR as it covers very broad topics and development of general relativity and black hole physics.

What ‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ Means to Me

If we look at the light of a star with high precision, we note that if the sun’s edge passes near the position of that star, the star’s light will be offset from where it would otherwise be, shifting the position of that star in relation to all the other stars seen in that part of the sky. While he does this, he’s also overcoming another shortcoming in this genre, dryness, by including human characters: May 22, Hrant rated it liked it. Thorne, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at Caltech, leads his readers through an elegant, always human, tapestry of interlocking themes, coming finally to a uniquely informed answer to the great question: Stephen Hawking Foreword by.


It is, in fact, surprisingly readable,and is stocked with helpful diagrams and illustrations to gui A fascinating if somewhat mind bending overview of the truly bizarre and non-intuitive nature of cosmic space-time and general relativity. I always got the impression that while he clearly knew more about black holes than I ever would, we shared the same fundamental curiosity about the universe, and on that level we could be equals.

What ‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ Means to Me

But nobody expects you to gulp down a page NF about physics in one sitting. Which of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our universe?

I asked Thorne why he had decided, back then, to write a book for non-scientists. There is an idea held by some people in the physics community that a scientist who engages with the public produces inferior 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 ane exciting ways, are apparently not enough to eliminate this notion.

To tell you the truth I’m really skeptical on the concept of time travel.