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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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.

Because I think Thorne spends too much time discussing the research done during his period of research, not inflating his own role, but taking care to mention, seemingly, each and every physicist who has contributed to our knowledge of black holes.

Certainly, Black Holes and Time Warps could do with a good deal of editing, if not re-writing, in its chapters on these subjects. Another subject high on Thorne’s list of topics he’d like to discuss in an update of his book is an idea used in the movie “Interstellar”: Lists with This Book.

It’s written in a way that’s fairly easy to understand, but the theories themselves were giving me a hard time.

He introduces us to the many people who have contributed to the picture that is still emerging. A great deal of thought and effort has gone into making these fully support the text and elucidate points which would otherwise be subtle or difficult.

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. I asked Thorne why he had decided, back then, to write a book for non-scientists.

‘Black Holes and Time Warps’

The book as a whole gave me a sense of the global scientific community, which can be co-operative beyond national lines or competitive on a more personal level and even riddled with as much ego as the acting world at times.

Ordinarily, one can easily lose the momentum of reading a book over pages long.


His mention of a bet with Hawking was especially amusing, since Hawking brought it up in one of his own books as well as the fact that Holrs seemed to have sealed the deal.

Black Holes and Time Warps: Anyway, Kip Thorne, Cal Tech relativist that he is, certainly knows what the heck he is talking about, but he also knows how to present in an engaging way.

What’s New in Black Holes? ‘Interstellar’ Physicist Kip Thorne Tells All

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Gravitational Waves for …more In a way, it’s nice reading it and knowing that since it’s publish date, many wars the theories have been validated by now.

Start Over More Quizzes. The 7th chapter is on the “Golden Age” of black hole research and what thorbe discovered about them; the 8th chapter is on the search for actual black holes. The theories currently don’t give any specific indication of where a solution might be found. 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 holrs formulae where physical proof is still beyond our reach.

Thorne’s book, “Black Holes and Time Warps: 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.

And I would hope that the books that I’ve written may have timme role in educating the public about the power of science for dealing with these kinds of things.

Black Holes and Time Warps: A Conversation with Kip Thorne

Thorne’s subject is relativity and space-time – the book is subtitled “Einstein’s outrageous legacy” – and he traces its development from the discoveries that led Einstein to formulate the theory of relativity, right down to present day speculations many of them due to him about the possibility of time travel. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I was feeling out of my place and out of my league among many of my peers, and I feared science would inevitably slip out of my life. Overall this is an outstanding work of science literature, even though it is 20 years old. Published January 17th by W.

What ‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ Means to Me

To tell you the truth I’m really skeptical on the concept of time travel. It follows the chronological development of the theory, blending biographical facts about the leading scientists and their research environment with easy to follow non-technical explanation of the results.


The second half is interesting, well explained popular science; any reader put off by the first four chapters is missing out. The book features a foreword by Stephen Hawking and an introduction by Frederick Seitz.

Sagan’s request made Thorne realize the value of thought experiment Kip Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Physics at Tyorne, is best known to the general public for his wormhole “time machine” proposal. And the anecdotes are also fascinating.

This book is one of the finest work I have come across till date in terms of the content and clarity for any layman with an interest in Physics. I gave the book a five out of five because I really enjoy learning knew things and complex things like this really great equation which I’m trying to learn and it’s the Shrodinger’s equation, now this connects with the book because It’s complex and that’s how the book is, and that’s why I like it.

Warrps bought this book in randomly, but never had the chance to read it until recently. Jun 18, Alok rated it really liked it. This is probably the best pop science book I ever read.

Retrieved from ” https: The hard science, however, is here, and is laid out in a way that is accessible for common readers. Proceeding separately from theoretical research into relativity, and with the refinement thorns radio astronomyastrophysics earps to produce unusual observations of extremely intense radio sources, which were apparently located outside of the Milky Way.

But what also set this book apart was that Thorne takes the reader down the path of discovery by talking about the people who made these discoveries, the challenges they faced, and their scientific process. We’d never seen breaking waves. Kip Thorne, the Thornee Professor of Physics at Caltech, is best known to the general public for his wormhole ane machine” proposal. I spent about a year reading this the first time, in bits and pieces, when time allowed.