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. 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. Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy. Kip S. Thorne, Author, Stephen Hawking, Introduction by W. W. Norton & Company $30 (p).

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Sometimes it’s even b,ack, like when Professor Thorne describes an incident where he made a bet with Stephen Hawking about the existence of black holes and when sufficient proof settled the bet, Hawking, with the help of a group of students, broke into Thorne’s office at Cal Tech to sign off on the bet, which was written out on a document displayed on the office wall. May 14, ala rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is rich in history, and classical Newtonian physics and theory of warp and modern physics quantum mechanics are presented in non mathematical form.

Anyone who struggled hole that book will find here a more slowly paced but equally mind-stretching experience, with the added fascination of a rich historical and human component. I underestimated this book. If one is moving in space, one is moving in time, yet his diagram has “time” as stationary, as a fixed moment of time.

Black Holes and Time Warps: A Conversation with Kip Thorne

It effectively starts with Einstein and his alternate ideas to Newtonian Physics and works forward from there. Theory of relativity predicts the existence of black holes but Einstein refused to accept it and so is Arthur Eddington another leading exponent of theory of relativity. Why is that not a good thing? While these are central to his discussion of black holes, as presented these terms were hard to grasp. A trip to the center of the Milky Way at light speed would only be 30 years for the voyagers but many thousands of years would pass on earth, many thousands more for the blaack trip!

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

Retrieved 23 February I enjoyed the read, and I now know a lot more about the subject matter than I did before I read it. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Black Holes Kip Thorne is an eccentric author who reveals scientific enterprise of quantum blakc and black holes research in a simple language.


Thorne would write a revision of the based on the recent discoveries made by the Hubble and Chandra Space Telescopes. Thorne wrote this book in and therefore twenty-two years before they had first observed gravitational waves.

Toward the end of the text, Thorne deals with the much more speculative question of the nature of the core of a black hole; the so-called hols singularity predicted by Einstein’s field equations.

Which of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our universe? 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 wxrps gravity. I this book,after a introductin as a sf short tale where a 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 wafps 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 because the Maxwell equation for a electromagnetic wave is invariant under Lorentz transformations and not in galilean transformations,in this sense the electromagnetic theory by Maxwell is the first classic field relativistic theory second the equivalence principle that is the origin of the generl theory of relativity where the spacetime is curved by the presence of matter and energy and the light follows geodesics ,the short lines between two points that are not in this case straight lines,for example in a sphere surface the geodesics are maximun circles or meridians.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. May 04, Steve Walker rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m on page and basically I’m learning the diagram of a black hole and what sorrounds it for example the absolute horizon warpz in the black hole and the apparent horizon is the outer layer of black hole and basicly the apparent horizon sucks in all the photons that try to get away now what sorrounds a black hole is accretion disk which is basically a gas that could also be found in a nuetron star.

She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos. Certainly, Black Holes and Time Warps could do with a good deal of editing, if not re-writing, in its chapters on these subjects. 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 question: Granted, I picked it up when I was still a young, idealistic undergrad — not a cynical, quantum gravity shmavity, string-theory-is-crap, PhD.


And the anecdotes are also fascinating. Christopher Nolan, director of the forthcoming movie “Interstellar” based the movie on some of the ideas in this book. Whether I read more on the subject is yet to be seen.

Uoles for telling us about the awrps. Anyone interested in learning more about the history and science of black holes should consider giving it a read.

There, the level of abstraction went where I could not follow, and abstraction is what the cutting edge of physics is all about. Though I read this book when I was just going into high-school, thore in sparked a long interest in astrophysics and quantum mechanics. I hope to do so in the next few years.

I read it cover to cover, twice, and came away with a combination of understanding and deep confusion – not from any problems with the delivery, but because the subject matter itself is deeply complex. The hard science, however, is here, and is laid out in a way that is accessible for common readers. Ans Nobel Prize in Physics “.

Black Holes & Time Warps

There are plenty of personal accounts and a good bit of humor to humanize what might be a dry subject. I only had difficulty in the last chapter where he goes into time machines. 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.

Overview Inside the Book. Only the speed of light is constant everywhere and always. A reference book of popular science on relativity,black holes,wormholes,time machines and its history.

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His diagram on time and space p. This is one small example of the connections Thorne shows between his field and others. Jun 18, Alok rated it really liked it. This book is basically a manual on how to go forward in time.