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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The controversy on black holes has come to a pitch recently, with wild new theories and denials. 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 Einstein himself rejected them.

Join Kip Thorne for this inside story on what is real, though it may contradict our experience. Because spacetime is a dimension that we can never see, limited as we are to the 3 dimensions that we know, Thorne uses what are called embedding diagrams to give a sense of how curvature of spacetime can result in the three angles of a triangle summing to more or less than degrees, or the shortest distance between two points not being a straight line as we would see it.

Jun 18, Alok rated it really liked it. Thorne refers to spacetime “fabric,” but it’s not clear This book about gravity and black holes seems more like a detailed history of the last years of physics, particularly the effort to unite quantum mechanics with Einstein’s relativity theory. 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.

And I would like to return that to the next generation. Kyle Timee a way, it’s nice reading it and knowing that since it’s publish date, many of the theories have been validated by now. She’d really anx to know what the heck dark matter is. Jan 09, Landon rated it really liked it. I think the book itself will be a strong force.

May 14, ala rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb More.

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I don’t know what that means of course, but this is tlme all mind-blowing stuff. There will always be young people who need their love of science awakened. From to she was a producer for The Physics Central Podcast. 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.


It is a very well-written book.

What ‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ Means to Me

Jul 23, Lora Carney rated it really liked it Shelves: Kip Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Physics at Caltech, is best known to the general public for his wormhole “time machine” proposal.

The New York Times. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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 tme that they most likely cannot exist. I enjoyed the read, and I now know a lot more about the subject matter than I did before I read it.

Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who helped bring real science to the movie “Interstellar. This a result of what Einstein found – that hlles is relative. Thorne overcomes this without beating the reader to death with equations by eloquently explaining the reasoning behind the theory, including what problem it was trying to solve, what alternatives there might have been, or what objections were raised.

The idea is to get a personal picture on topics of current interest, written by prominent characters involved in the research.

It took some personal restraint not to completely nerd-out on him. It has been dismantled and a successor instrument is about to take up the search. Jan 16, Arko rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 05, Philip Gordon rated it really liked it. Thorne would write a revision of the based on the recent discoveries made by the Hubble and Chandra Space Telescopes. I’m on page 66 and basicly it’s taliking about the newtonian’s physical laws and how a guy tried to find a flaw in the law witch states that light is measured the same and depends on motion so this guy is michelson and he created a technique that now is known as michelson’s interferometry and he measures light in aether in every season and finds out that they all come out to be the same measurements.

In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr. It is one of the best books written on the topic by one of the key players in the field. Of the book, The 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. The 7th chapter is on the “Golden Age” of black hole research and what was discovered about them; the 8th chapter is on the search for actual black holes. A sequel to Black holes and time warps would be equally welcome. In addition to the main text, the book provides biographical summaries of the major scientists in the text, a chronology of key events in the history of black hole physics, a glossary of technical terms, twenty-three pages of notes, a bibliography, and alphabetical indices of subjects and people referred to in the text.

The book is interesting, but suffers from the problem of being written by someone who is in this field of research. Rabi, a close friend and admirer of Oppenheimer, has described this in a much deeper way: Anyone interested in black hole and space travel must have this book. If you are interested in learning more about black holes and time warps and are willing to reread every paragraph until you understand then I definitely recommend this book.

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.

The theories currently don’t give any specific indication of where a solution might be found. I found the book as interesting as many spy stories, and have only given it 4 stars instead of 5 because I had hoped to learn something about time loops from it, which was not really touched on despite mention in the description.