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.
|Published (Last):||18 September 2017|
|PDF File Size:||15.75 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||19.56 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
This book is free of marketing strategies of the publisher as the author shares his knowledge with the reader to his best eunstein abilities to make everyone understands it even by offering few simple calculations and formulas.
Open Preview See a Problem? Black holes are discussed in great detail, as you’d expect, but not as you’d expect the discussion can be followed without difficulty through the decades, as one great mind after another puts up an idea to be either upheld against fierce criticism or destroyed by the math of another. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Anyway, Kip Thorne, Cal Tech relativist that he is, certainly knows what the heck he is eijstein about, but he also knows how to present in an engaging way. Relativity is seen by the wildly different amount of time experienced by the astronauts compared to that on earth during their absence.
He lives in Pasadena, California.
Thorne states that a free einsyein “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. Thorne does a great job of catching the reader up in the excitement of the professionally curious who are forever asking why.
What ‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ Means to Me
You’ve come to the right place. Published January 17th by W. A This is probably the best pop science book I ever read. 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. I would imagine that, given their importance in twentieth century physics, quantum mechanics and relativity will be explained in every book in this series, and the length at which these explanations are repeated is really unnecessary.
The wormhole work grew out of a request from Carl Sagan for a plausible FTL transport scheme for his science-fiction novel Contact which I recommend. And of course, there’s the awesome fact that Thorne loves weird science. There are problems in this book too, particularly the dull first half. Thorne has done an excellent job of putting just about anything you’d want eknstein know blaack the topic in layman’s terms, but the math and physics is also there if you want it.
The author gives us a good historical background to build his case for black hole concept. The book features a foreword by Stephen Hawking and an introduction by Frederick Seitz. There need to be scientists from this generation who take up the torch that Gamow and Thorne carried.
There is not a single formula in the main body of the text, but you still get a good conceptual grasp of what’s going 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: Jun 05, Clif rated it really liked it.
Thorne is also a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. As can be expected, his account of black hole research includes much that is about the personalities of those involved; illustrations include private snap shots of dinner parties. 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.
In the movie “Interstellar,” the “bulk” is called “the fifth dimension. It’s still an excellent book, although, as pointed out earlier, somewhat dated. Thorne is silent or I missed it if he did discuss it.
What ‘Black Holes and Time Warps’ Means to Me
You don’t get much cooler than time-traveling wormholes. I have a terrible habit of skim-reading, which one definitely cannot do with books of this ilk.
I have lost count of the number of astronomy books published in the last years with poor quality photos or drawings. I recommend this book to anybody who like’s science and like’s to read. 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. 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.