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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In a tucked away footnote, Thorne restates Einstein’s formula that mass and energy “are really different names for the same concept. This classic was first published in hardback in The topics within – particularly the sections on relativity and event diagrams – require the reader to spend some time turning them over in the mind to reach an intuitive understanding.
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Jun 05, Clif rated it really liked it. A trip to the center uoles the Milky Way at light speed would only be 30 years for the voyagers but many thousands of years would pass on earth, many thousands more for the return trip! Published January 17th by W. While these are central to his discussion of black holes, as presented these terms were hard to grasp.
The famous black holes of the title are the tlme of relativity’s seemingly preposterous, but inescapable, conclusion that space-time contains singularities – regions where gravity appears to be infinite at least until quantum effects are considered.
What’s nice to this book is that it has a lot of personal elements – how different important 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 not by the community by virtue of his character. The second half is interesting, well explained popular science; any reader put off by the first four chapters is missing out.
Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy
I especially like the way the experts guide their students in this book explained in every bit of important development and how ideas come to be disagreed or agreed between students and mentors. 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.
Paperbackpages. 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. 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 text flows well and it is deeply engrossing. The intense gravity of the sun is enough to bend the path of light that passes near it. 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. 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”: Would highly recommend to anyone with even a passing interest in the subjects it tackles.
The hard science, however, is here, and is laid out in a way that is accessible for common readers. 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.
When I was reading it I didn’t know, for instance, about the distinction between theorists and experimentalists, and I ate stuff like that up. As the sun moves away, the distant star appears to move back into its normal place. A fascinating if somewhat mind bending overview of the truly bizarre and non-intuitive nature of cosmic space-time and general relativity. Because of the age of this book, I was curious to see what happened with this particular project, called LIGO.
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.
What’s New in Black Holes? ‘Interstellar’ Physicist Kip Thorne Tells All
A reference book of popular science on hoes holes,wormholes,time machines and its history. The need to investigate what the properties of these wagps objects must be has been the crucible in which much of the refinement of relativity theory has taken place, and they occupy a central place in the book.
Also in the thirteen century Roger, Bacon Established the concept that science shoud base It’s reasoning with experimental evidence. 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 tjme 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 bec Kip S.
In consultation with theoretical physicists, it became apparent that the only sensible explanation for these sources were extremely large black holes residing in the cores thorns galaxies, producing intense klp as they fed and, in the case of quasarsblasting out incredibly powerful jets of material in opposite directions, heating the surrounding galactic gas until it glowed in radio frequencies.
This could happen with any and all of the material that had ever fallen into the black hole during its lifetime.
In the movie “Interstellar,” the “bulk” is called “the fifth dimension. After X had been working on the problem, trying to tie together the different loose ends, Z showed that, after all, everything ane be explained by looking at the math in a different way, that, really, there was no difficulty after all.
Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip S. Thorne
Is it too much outdated now? I 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.
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