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.

Author: Kegul Shagal
Country: Sweden
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Music
Published (Last): 28 January 2006
Pages: 121
PDF File Size: 4.94 Mb
ePub File Size: 4.92 Mb
ISBN: 301-5-67645-946-6
Downloads: 47907
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Tojanos

The wormhole work grew out of a request from Carl Sagan for a plausible FTL transport scheme for his science-fiction novel Contact which I recommend. I asked Thorne why he had decided, back then, to write a book for non-scientists.

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

Black holes have been discovered in the center of dying giant stars and in centers of galaxies, and efforts are underway to detect the black hole gravitational waves carried to earth from distant parts of the universe and to seek the secret of what is inside a black hole: His diagram on time and space p. Thorne is one of the most important researchers in gravity and black holes.

Black Holes and Time Warps: A Conversation with Kip Thorne

He said when he was 13 years old, he read the book “One Two Three … Infinity” by George Gamow, a very talented tije and astrophysicist who worked during the first half of the 20th century.

The biographical presentations are sympathetic and take care to show how the researchers’ ideas could develop – or not develop – in the research environment of their time and place.

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. In the movie “Interstellar,” the “bulk” is called “the fifth dimension. Sometimes it’s even funny, 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.


She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos. Want to Read saving….

‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ |

I thkrne seen a cover blurb describing Kip Thorne’s book subtitle: This sounds like it could have made for dry reading, but the personalities as well as trials and political conflicts that affected the personalities involved bring the events to life on a very human level. The third chapter explains 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.

Original article on Space. Is it too much outdated now? Thorne does a great job of catching the reader up in the excitement of the professionally curious who are forever asking why. The theories currently don’t give any specific indication of where a solution might be found.

I had to chuckle when Thorne would describe untold hours and even years of work being upset like this: Leading the reader on this awesome journey is theoretical astrophysicist Kip Thorne, who during his career was considered a world authority on black holes and other strange topics in astrophysics. In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr.

I’m on page and basically I’m learning the diagram of a black hole anx what sorrounds it for example the absolute horizon is 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 znd what sorrounds warrps black hole is accretion disk which is basically a gas that thonre also be found in a nuetron star.

thorrne I found myself revelling in it, not wanting the story to end. The controversy on black holes has come to a pitch recently, with wild new theories and denials. In the s came Stephen Hawking ‘s startling prediction of black hole evaporation, powered by quantum fluctuations near the event horizon.

Skip to main content. There is no independent time, alike for everyone everywhere.


Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy

Dec 14, Jose Moa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Views Read Edit View history. May 26, Woflmao warpss it it was amazing Shelves: 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 hholes indices of subjects and people referred to in the text.

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”: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. This book is one of the finest work I have come across hooes date in terms of the content klp clarity holse any layman with an interest in Physics.

In this book, Thorne tried to write a pop-science book giving the state of play in theoretical astrophysics inso obviously a bit dated but at the same time making it accessible to the non-practitioner.

Though my tije in the subject matter has waned in recent years, I still have a fondness for the way things like relativity, temporal distortion, star-collapse and event horizons were explained in this book. He is one of the leaders in proposing interstellar travel. Now researchers can create simulations of the incredibly complex circumstances surrounding black holes and watch the simulations play out. Thorne states that “when gravity is present a [free] particle is one “on which no forces act except gravity.

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. Ever since Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity burst upon the tim 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.

Also, if they are the same, what is it?