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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My father bought this for me in aboutjust after I’d dropped out of university. This has turned out to be a perfect way to start my new year along with the wonderful discoveries of gravitational waves from merging black holes and neutron stars in the last couple of years. Thorne overcomes this without beating the reader to death with This is a fantastic book, and makes me wish I had become an astrophysicist. Sagan’s request made Thorne realize the value of thought experiment Kip Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Physics at Caltech, is best known to the general public for his wormhole “time machine” proposal.

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 physical 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.

Thorne’s book hoels not exactly light reading the paperback is a hefty pagesbut that doesn’t stop it from being a page-turner. Kip Thorne, along with fellow theorists Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, a cadre of Russians, and earlier scientists such as Oppenheimer, Wheeler and Chandrasekhar, has been in the thick of the quest to secure answers.

We’d never seen breaking waves.

There, the level of abstraction went where I could not follow, and abstraction is what the cutting edge of physics is all about. Toward hlack 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 gravitational singularity predicted by Einstein’s field equations.


Te book ends with two speculative subjects,the structure of the hipotetical singularity inside a black hole as a quantum space time foam as quantum gravity predicts and the existence of womholes in the spacetime sustained by exotic matter and its possible use for interestellar trips or time machines here the movie” Interestellar”. I remember this one section about Chandrasekhar and how he did a bunch of his calculations for his work on white dwarfs with a hand computer — as in turning a crank.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. The third chapter explains the prediction of black holes, which were not taken seriously as existing in the real world.

Nevertheless, the book goes into the general theory of gravitational waves and the process of developing a suitable observatory for these waves — all of this, without using complicated formulas or the like.

Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip S. Thorne

Behind it all lies Einstein’s relativity that opened up a chapter on the search for truth by minds that have to model places in the universe where matter and energy take on magnitudes unknown to human experience. The behavior of this space and the material which approaches it are not well understood, with a complete marriage of relativity and quantum physics yet to be achieved. Warls 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.

In the final chapter, Thorne delves into even more speculative matters oip to black hole physics, including the existence and nature of wormholes and time machines. In this universe, I am limited to satisfying my curiosity with physics books written for the lay reader. Skip to main content. 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. This could happen with any and all of the material hols had ever fallen into the black hole during its lifetime.

The rip-roaring world of X-rays, gamma rays and gravity waves cannot be “seen” without special instruments that have only been practical within the last 75 years. May 04, Steve Walker rated it it was amazing Shelves: If one is moving in space, one is moving in time, yet waros diagram has “time” as stationary, as a fixed moment of time.


May 14, kil rated it it was amazing Shelves: Surprisingly, the author is able to make the strangeness he describes comprehensible.

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

Since Kip Thorne recommended the construction of the first gravity wave interferometer at Caltech, he’s well placed to discuss the search. There are plenty of personal accounts and a good bit of humor to humanize what might be a dry subject.

Jun 18, Alok rated it really liked it. The intense gravity of the sun is enough to bend the path of light that passes near it.

By signing up you agree to W. Cart Support Signed in as: Anyway, Kip Thorne, Cal Tech relativist that he is, certainly knows what the heck he is talking about, but he also tborne how to present in an engaging way. Want to learn what happens to stars when they die, but you lack a post-doc in astrophysics?

The next two chapters are on white dwarfs and neutron stars and the Chandrasekhar limit, and the next two explain why massive stars must implode to form black holes.

What’s nice to this book is that it has a lot of personal elements – how different ane figures are different in their characters and the way they guide their students and how they come to accept and reject certain ideas, or even how certain people gets attention or ki by the community by virtue of his character.

Thorne’s enthusiasm and clarity carry the thkrne away – with help from the many fine line illustrations and diagrams by Matthew Zimet. She has been underground at three of the largest particle accelerators in the world. Overview Inside the Book. Black holes, down which anything can fall but from which nothing can return; wormholes, short spacewarps connecting regions of the cosmos; singularities, where space and time are so violently warped that time ceases to exist and space becomes hiles kind of foam; gravitational waves, which carry symphonic accounts of collisions of black holes billions of years ago; and time machines, for traveling backward and forward in time.