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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Something I had not considered before, the author relates how traditional optical astronomy, starting with the naked eye, only reveals a relatively quiet universe.

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

Since Kip Thorne recommended the construction of the first gravity wave interferometer at Caltech, he’s well placed to discuss the search.

Thorne mentioned specifically the work of physicists Lisa Randall at Harvard and Raman Sundrum at the University of Maryland, who have proposed that the bulk might be something scientists can detect through experiments. He is clearly quite a character, involved in smuggling manuscripts out of the Soviet Union to be published in the West, and in several bets made about then current questions about the detailed nature of black holes. This book about gravity and black holes seems more like a detailed history of the last years of physics, particularly the effort to unite quantum mechanics with Einstein’s relativity theory.

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 andd books about physics, particularly books that attempt to explain our universe and its contents. It is an eye-opening book for gravitational physics, even for physics students trained in GR as it covers very broad topics and development of general relativity and black hole physics. In this book, Thorne tried to blaack 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.

Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip S.

qarps Proceeding separately from theoretical research into relativity, and with the refinement of radio astronomyastrophysics began to produce unusual observations of extremely intense radio sources, which were apparently located outside of the Milky Way. May 22, Hrant rated it liked it. Jan 26, Stephie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb More.

Paperbackpages. There is excellent coverage of the instruments used, thornee as the radio telescope or the X-ray detecting satellites. Also in the thirteen century Roger, Bacon Established the concept that science shoud base It’s reasoning with experimental evidence. The main actors in this play Einstein who started it all with his theory of relativity Eddington and Chandrasekhar who first thought and fought in detail about what happens when massive stars collapseOppenheimer who, besides constructing the first atomic bomb, was the first to develop a theoretical model of a black holeLandau, Wheeler, Zeldovich and Novikov who refined the theory and trained many of the leading black hole researchers of the coming generationup to Hawking who included quantum theoretical considerations and predicted the evaporation of black holes and Penrose who introduced topological methods into cosmological research.


Black holes, down which hoels 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 a 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.

Picador has the makings of a most interesting series of popular science books.

Anyone who struggled with 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. A thore deal of thought and effort has gone into making these fully support the text and elucidate points which would otherwise be subtle or difficult.

Jun 05, Clif rated it really liked it. 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, timd Einstein’s spacetime, that is distorted because of the sun’s gravity.

Black Holes & Time Warps

Feb 25, Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it Shelves: Also, if they are the same, what is it? I think the book itself warpa be a strong force.

Randall discussed the details of this theory in the thotne “Warped Passages” Harper Perennial, It is this adjustment of our dimensions of height, width and depth to accord with the constant of light speed that results in the weird stretching and compressing of objects and of time.

I found myself revelling in it, not wanting the story to end. And the anecdotes are also fascinating. 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.

Thorne states that “when gravity is present a [free] particle is one “on which no forces act except gravity. I spent about a year reading this the first time, in bits and pieces, when time allowed. In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed lip of scientific history and explanation, Dr. This a result of what Einstein found rime that time is relative. Anyway, Kip Thorne, Cal Tech relativist that he is, certainly knows what the heck he is talking about, but he also knows how to present in an engaging way.


In a parallel universe, one in which my math skills rhorne quite a bit better, I would have become a physicist and joined in the effort to understand everything.

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There, the level of abstraction went where I could not follow, and abstraction is what the cutting edge of physics is all about. The idea that as stars become increasingly massive their fate takes them to different endpoints – white dwarfs, neutron stars and finally black holes, is clearly explained with many diagrams and side comments.

Granted, I picked it up when I was still a young, idealistic undergrad — not a cynical, quantum gravity shmavity, string-theory-is-crap, PhD. The book is interesting, but suffers from the problem of being written by someone who is in this field of research. Do not be discouraged by the size blaco the book pages. It starts with Einstein’s discovery of special and general relativity, and holfs through the mid I love books about physics, particularly books that attempt to tborne our universe and its contents.

Thorne wrote this book in and therefore twenty-two years before they had first observed gravitational waves. I decided to read it because it was cited as one of the iip for the science behind a time travel series I follow, and I wanted to try to grasp the very real science behind the fictional events in the stories.

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 timw to secure answers.

Thorne is also a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. If you are interested in learning more about black holes and time warps and are willing to reread every paragra I have always been interested in anything related to quantum physics. And in the last decade, particularly the last five years, thanks to supercomputer calculations, we’ve begun to learn about space-time when it is behaving like it’s in a storm. Thorne depicts his colleagues at work, and the descriptions of their discoveries, discussions and mistakes are an integral part hoes the development of the subject: 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 yime state timd play in theoretical astrophysics inso obviously a bit dated but at the same time making it accessible to the non-practitioner.