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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I have always been interested in anything related to quantum physics. My only problem with this book apart from its being twenty years old is the title; wormholes and “time machines” are discussed briefly in the last 45 pages, but the book is actually a popular account of every aspect of black holes, at an above-average level of popularization — about as high as one could expect without much mathematics. Norton’s privacy policy and terms of use.

Want to Sarps saving…. 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 repeated is really unnecessary.

Htorne fascinating if somewhat mind bending overview of the truly bizarre and non-intuitive nature of cosmic space-time and general relativity. With this finding was born the modern era of molecular biology and genetics. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics Ever since Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity burst upon the world in some of the most brilliant minds of our century have sought to decipher the mysteries bequeathed by that theory, a legacy so unthinkable in some respects that even Holez himself rejected them.

Thorne, whose field is general relativity, begins with two chapters outlining special and general relativity — Einstein’s “legacy”. To holfs you the truth I’m really skeptical on the concept of time travel. 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 warpz space-time and general relativity.

I only had difficulty in the last chapter where he goes into time machines. 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 to the future.


My favorite parts of the book are qnd when he details how a particular discovery is made, pointing which parts of the scientist’s thinking was correct, and which was incorrect. Looking back at the way Thorne’s book affected me, this intention is so incredibly clear.


What ‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ Means to Me

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The visible universe called the “brane,” short for membrane has three spatial dimensions and one time dimension; a fourth spatial hoes called the “bulk” may be all around people, but they can’t perceive it.

It is one of the best books written on the topic by one of the key players in the field.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Then there is a chapter on gravity waves, one on different ways of considering black holes, one on the discovery that black holes can evaporate, and one on the interior of black holes and the problem of singularities.

Published January 17th by W. I had to chuckle when Thorne would describe untold hours and even years of work being upset like this: In the movie “Interstellar,” the “bulk” is called “the fifth dimension. She’d really like to know what the andd dark matter is. It explains the process for acceptance of new ideas within that community, which I had no idea of before.

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.

By the time graduation rolled around, I’d found science writing and was relieved and excited to know that science was going to be a part of my life after all.

What ‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ Means to Me

Available Our Retail Price: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Want to learn what happens to stars when they die, but you lack a post-doc in astrophysics? I this book,after a introductin as a sf short tale where thone spaceship goes to the evet horizon of different sizes of black holes to investigate,the author explains clearly the principle of relativity is to say that the physical laws are the same in all inertial reference frames,this priciple is the origin of the special relativity theory the special relativity theory could have been discovered many years before bec Kip S.

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Brilliant to the core. What’s hiles to this book is hloes it has a 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 character.

Thorne takes timr on the investigation through physics that really took off after Einstein came up with the concept of spacetime, which is curved by gravity.

I feel that more writers should follow Brian Greene’s example in The Elegant Universeand keep the explanation as brief and to wwarps point as possible, pointing the reader who has never read a detailed account to other books.

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 accessible and even fascinating.

Wormholes and Time Machines. He introduces us to the many people who have contributed to the picture that is still emerging.

When gravity is weak, Thorne states that the Newtonian paradigm and Einstein’s curved spacetime “are almost identical,” but Newton’s theory doesn’t work at extreme scales, as with black holes, which is where Thorne sees the effects of quantum mechanics. However, as a series, it rather shoots itself in the foot by omitting any listing of the other books; this one merely mentions that there are four earlier volumes, information of absolutely no help in identifying them.

It is this adjustment of our dimensions of height, width and depth to accord with the constant of light speed that results in the weird stretching and compressing of objects and of time.

I really like books like this. It also contains various clashes between people that is hallmark of science as human endeavour.