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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Feb 11, Erickson rated it it was amazing Shelves: The wormhole work grew out of a request from Carl Sagan for a plausible FTL transport scheme for his science-fiction hholes Contact which I recommend. Thorne takes you across the electromagnetic spectrum, from light through radio and X-rays up to the latest area of investigation, non-electromagnetic gravity waves, being sought as the inevitable result of black holes in collision. 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 outfageous womholes in the spacetime sustained by exotic matter and its possible use for interestellar trips or time machines here the movie” Interestellar”.

Thorne is one of the most important researchers in gravity and black holes. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics Ever since Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity burst upon the world 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.

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

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 glack mathematics.

In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr. I’ve read a handful of books on the subject of cosmology and physics but where those have fallen short, Professor Thorne has achieved excellence.

The last chapter which was about wormholes and the possibility of time machines was more like science fiction based on absurd assumptions.

On the travel to the universe you learn knew things like vacuum fluctuations which is basiclly a huge empty space filled with virtual particles. You will get a great introduction to great minds in math and physics of the 20th century, many of them friends of Kip Thorne. Although it’s slightly outdated now and there einstwin been theories proven and disproved since its publication, I would recommend this book to anyone with a keen interest in Physics regardless of their background knowledge.


The outrageius who is a scientist describes throughout this book the different discoveries made by different scientists that shape our understanding of what black holes are; their properties, existence and behaviour. Overall this is an outstanding work of science literature, even though it is 20 years old. While these are central to his discussion of black holes, as presented these terms were hard to grasp. 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.

Jan 01, Whitney rated it liked it Shelves: This book is free of marketing strategies of the publisher as the author shares his knowledge with the reader to his best of abilities to make everyone understands it even by offering few simple calculations and formulas. Kip Thorne’s popular science book on the history and science of black holes and twisted space-time is still relevant 20 years after its publication.

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Thorne is among the best out there in terms of what he writes about, the writing itself, and his ability to move the general reader along toward a greater understanding of a reality that is totally unlike anything we know on earth. There’s not a lot of math in the book, but it’s still heavy eisntein the science and it is not what I would describe an a “light read.

Whatever we perceive is well attached to which frame of reference we are on.

The purpose of writing about science for the public goes beyond influencing future scientists, and I think Thorne said it very well when I talked to him: Were the legact a black hole, the distant star’s light passing near it would be greatly displaced, just as the text in a book would be moved and distorted as you pass a magnifying lens over it.

Amazing how guys did things in those days 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. Surprisingly, the author is able to make the strangeness he describes comprehensible.

Thorne states that “when gravity is present a [free] particle is one “on which no forces act except gravity. Thorne overcomes this without beating the reader to death with equations by eloquently explaining the reasoning behind the theory, including what problem it was trying to solve, what alternatives there might have been, or what objections were raised.

To me the book is well written and the book was everything that I expected tiem more.

What ‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ Means to Me

He presents the development of eknstein up to the then-present day in a combination of theoretical sidebars and some very basic mathematics held together by character sketches, anecdotes, and biographies of those involved. She has been underground at three of the largest particle accelerators in the world. Granted, I picked it up when I was still a young, idealistic undergrad — not a cynical, quantum gravity shmavity, string-theory-is-crap, PhD.


She’d really like to know what the heck dark matter is. Also that Antoine Also created the law of conservation of matter which is the first law in thermodynamic which states that as much heat you put in that is not as much energy you will get.

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 legayc with the science of evolution in order to deal with them in the long haul. I don’t know what that means of course, but this is still all mind-blowing stuff. Thorne wrote this book in and therefore twenty-two years before t Kip Thorne, blacm of Black Holes and Time Warpsis one of three Nobel laureates for Physics of Some part of this book describes these developments.

There will always be young people who need their love of science awakened.

In this way, Thorne seems to capture that mistakes are critical to the advance of science. This classic was first published in hardback in It’s the story of science, and it’s a story I’m einsstein in love with.

Thorne overcomes this without beating the reader to death with This is a fantastic book, and makes me wish I had become an astrophysicist. Thorne states that a free particle “moves solely under the influence of its own inertia” “no external forces push or pull” and also states that a body resists “being accelerated by forces that act on it.

He uses analogies whenever the concepts get very complex. Retrieved 23 February The book basically tells the story of the rise of Cosmology and Particle Physics since the s, explaining in letacy 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.

Kip Thorne nicely put in these elements which prevented the book from being just another watered-down physics popularising book. Thorne set the example that engaging the public is a worthwhile warpss for a scientist.

The author warps up the second part by discussing the possibility of constructing wormholes with exotic matter tunnels in space connecting two widely separated locations in the universe through hyperspace for interstellar travel and back to the future.