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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at CalTech, here offers an accessible, deftly illustrated history . Black Holes & Time Warps has ratings and reviews. Travis said: Want to learn what happens to stars when they die, but you lack a post-doc in as. Thorne’s book, “Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy” ( W. W. Norton & Company, ), touches on many of the same.

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Edward rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy

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

The mass media coverage of this result included a photograph of Thorne “doing physics in the nude”. Black holes are discussed in great detail, as you’d expect, but not as you’d expect the discussion can be followed without difficulty through the decades, einxtein one great mind after another puts up an idea to be either upheld against fierce criticism or destroyed by the math of another.

I asked Thorne why he had decided, back then, to write a book for non-scientists. Dec 14, Jose Moa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kip Thorne has recently been in the public eye as the physicist who brought real-world physics to the science fiction rime “Interstellar.

The best way I’ve found to think of spacetime is as follows: Feb 04, James F rated it really liked it Shelves: I found myself revelling in it, not wanting the story to end. 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.

The controversy on black holes has come to a pitch recently, with wild new theories and denials. Thorne explains difficult to parse concepts with an engaging and understandable voice, using numerous examples, while not afraid to delve into the nitty-gritty physics and math if necessary.

Work by Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar suggested that collapsing stars beyond a certain mass cannot be supported by degeneracy pressurebut this result was challenged by the more prestigious Arthur Stanley Eddingtonand was not fully accepted for several decades.


Thorne and other researchers studying black holes have had heyday over the last 20 years as supercomputing power has steadily increased. After X had been working on the problem, trying to tie together the different loose ends, Z showed that, after all, everything could be explained by looking at the math in a different way, that, really, there was no difficulty after all.

The theories currently don’t give any specific indication of where a solution might be found. 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.

What ‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ Means to Me

This could happen with any and all of the material that had ever fallen into the black hole during its lifetime. On the contrary, it is a great way to dive a little deeper into the topic for everyone who likes documentaries about space or is into science-fiction in space.

I especially found the passages about Soviet physicists interesting, how the politics of the Cold War kept otherwise cooperative thinkers apart, and how the nuclear arms race both hindered and helped astrophysics research.

Black Holes and Time Warps: 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.

She’d really like to know what the heck dark matter is. But nobody expects you to gulp down a page NF about physics in one sitting.

Kip Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Physics at Caltech, is best known to the general public for his wormhole “time machine” proposal.

The idea of black holes remained in academic obscurity among few who believed in it and it progressively became clear that dying giant stars undergo implosions in which nuclear force the strongest of all four forces of cosmos buckles under gravitational force creating a blackholes.

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 Lebacy Union an the USA. 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. Jun 05, Clif rated it really liked it.

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

Whatever we perceive is well attached to which frame of reference we are on. If you are interested in learning more about black holes and time warps and are willing to reread every paragra I have always been interested in anything related to quantum physics. I had read Einstein’s book “The Evolution of Physics” reviewed and with the introduction that he supplied, felt I was ready to fall into black holes. Relativity is seen I had read Einstein’s book “The Evolution of Physics” reviewed and with the introduction that he supplied, felt I was ready to fall into black holes.


He uses analogies whenever the concepts get very complex. A This is probably the best pop science book I ever read.

Black Holes and Time Warps: A Conversation with Kip Thorne

Rabi, a close friend and admirer of Oppenheimer, has described this in a much deeper way: The main actors in this play Einstein who started it all with his theory of relativity Eddington and Chandrasekhar who first thought and fought in detail about what happens when massive stars collapseOppenheimer who, besides constructing the first atomic bomb, was the first to develop a theoretical model of a black holeLandau, Wheeler, Zeldovich and Novikov who refined the theory and trained many bladk the leading black hole researchers of the coming generationup to Hawking blac, included quantum theoretical considerations and predicted the evaporation of black holes and Penrose who introduced topological methods into cosmological research.

It effectively starts with Einstein and timee alternate ideas to Newtonian Physics and works forward from there.

There are problems in this book too, particularly the dull first half. Black Holes and Time Warps: I had seen a cover blurb describing Kip Thorne’s book subtitle: We get rare first hand insights of scientific styles and temperament, and his personal involvement in various aspects of black holes research and his interaction with scientists all over the world especially those from former Soviet Union and the impact of communism on black hole research. It’s an idea that is not only harmful to those who would like to engage the public, but to the entire community, for many reasons.

There are problems in th Originally published on my blog here in August Thorne states that “when gravity is present a [free] particle is one “on which no forces act except gravity. The book is interesting, but suffers from the problem of being written by someone who is in this field of research.