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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I’m on page and this chapter was about the general retaivity that states that it doesn’t work I’m on page 66 and basicly it’s taliking about the newtonian’s physical laws and how a guy tried to find a flaw in the law witch states that light is measured the same and depends on motion so this guy is michelson and he created a technique that now is known as michelson’s interferometry and he measures light in aether in every season and finds out that they all come out to be the same measurements.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Over fourteen chapters, Thorne proceeds roughly chronologically, tracing first the crisis in Newtonian physics precipitated by the Michelson—Morley experimentand the subsequent development of Einstein’s theory of special relativity given mathematical rigor in the form of Minkowski spaceand later Einstein’s incorporation of gravity into the framework of general relativity.

Bllack set the example that engaging the public is a worthwhile activity for a scientist. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 annd 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.

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. 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.


Mar 31, GridGirl rated it really liked it Shelves: Would highly recommend to bllack with even a passing interest in the wsrps it tackles.

This is a very nice thing to do, but as a lay reader, I would have appreciated more of a focus on the big guns like Hawking. I have always been interested in anything related to quantum physics. But nobody expects you to gulp down a page NF about physics in one sitting. The intense gravity of the sun is enough to bend the path of light that passes near it. Because of the age of this book, I was curious to see what happened with this particular project, called LIGO.

When Thorne wrote “Black Holes and Time Warps” in the early ’90s, he and other theorists believed that falling into a black hole resulted in death by a process called “spaghettification” or “the noodle effect,” in which a person would be stretched and squeezed until his or her body resembled a very long string of pasta.

But when I cracked open “Black Holes and Time Warps,” the joy that had made me pursue science in the first place came back to me. On gravity, we know that mass attracts matter and energy, but what is it about mass that gives it the power to attract? An exciting part of the book for me was the story of Grote Reber, a hobbyist in Wheaton, Illinois, who built his own backyard radio telescope and detected with low precision strong radio sources before professional astronomers knew about them.

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

In this way, Thorne seems to capture that mistakes are critical to the advance of science. My father bought this for me in aboutjust after I’d dropped o In this book, Thorne tried to write a pop-science book giving the state of play in theoretical astrophysics blakcso obviously a bit dated but at the same time making it accessible to the non-practitioner. Why is that not a good thing? Kip Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Physics at Caltech, is best known to the general public for his wormhole “time machine” proposal.


Black holes were quickly recognized as a feasible solution of Einstein’s field equationsbut were rejected as physically implausible by most physicists. Want to Read saving…. Thoene have to say, after reading a few other popular science works on cosmology, Thorne has a unique way of keeping the subject clear, and building a real suspense into the discovery and understanding of each n What is remarkable about this book is that it stays relatively current, even after twenty years.

Ordinarily, one can easily lose the momentum of reading a book over pages long. I read it cover to wraps, 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. Gravitational Waves for example, are a topic of discussion, and we have only just observed them in the past year or so.

I bought this book in randomly, but never had the chance to read it until recently. Certainly, Black Holes and Time Warps could do with a good deal of editing, if not re-writing, in its chapters on these subjects.

This book is worth your time, and a careful reading will give you a good understanding of how our knowledge of black holes developed and what may come next.

Black Holes & Time Warps

The book features a foreword by Stephen Hawking and an introduction by Frederick Seitz. I recommend this book to anybody who like’s science and like’s to read. A This is probably the best pop science book I ever read.

Is it too much outdated now? And an appreciation for the power of science to deal with the problems that society faces, such as climate change, such as the Ebola virus and other viruses which evolve over time and you have to deal with the science of evolution in order to deal with them in the long haul.

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