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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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It’s a handy reference to anyone wanting to dip their toes in the workings of the world, and substantial enough that you won’t be left hanging in any slightly more in-depth discussion on the same. She’d really like to know what the heck dark matter is. 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.

The biographical presentations are sympathetic and take care to show how the researchers’ ideas could develop – or not develop – in the research environment of their time and place. Return to Book Page. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Randall discussed the details of this theory in the book “Warped Passages” Harper Perennial, Whether I read more on the subject is yet to be seen.

There’s even some small solace for those who fear the inevitable end of our atomic matter one day getting sucked into the inescapable maw of a singularity. Jun 18, Alok rated it really liked it. There is no independent time, alike for everyone everywhere.

The author can mesmerize the reader with his incredible knowledge and ease with which he can communicate to the reader; at the same time he is eccentric enough to work in one of his laboratory Palomar Mountains nude and draw criticisms from peers. Looking back at the way Thorne’s book affected me, this intention is so incredibly clear. Jul 21, Lauren rated it really liked it. The central theme of the book is gravity and what happens when it becomes far more powerful than we know it to be in our solar system.

Gravitational Waves for …more In a way, it’s nice reading it and knowing that since it’s publish date, many of the theories have been validated by now.

Jul 23, Lora Carney rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.


Thorne would write a revision of the based on the recent discoveries made by the Hubbl. 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. This all remains theoretical, of course, as no one has ever actually fallen into a black hole. Relativity is seen by the wildly different amount of time experienced by the astronauts compared to that on earth during their absence.

The last chapter is the one on wormholes and the theory of time machines.

Black Holes & Time Warps | W. W. Norton & Company

This book is basically a manual on how to go forward in time. 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. I only had difficulty in the last chapter where he goes into time machines. The last chapter which was about wormholes and the possibility of time machines was more like science fiction based on absurd assumptions.

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 of galaxies, producing intense radiation as they fed and, in the case of quasars abd, blasting out incredibly powerful jets of material in opposite directions, heating the surrounding galactic gas until it glowed in radio frequencies.

I’m on page and basically I’m learning the diagram of a black hole and what sorrounds it for example the absolute horizon is in the black hole and the apparent horizon is the outer layer of black hole and basicly the apparent horizon sucks in all the photons that try to get away now what sorrounds a black hole anv accretion disk which is basically a gas that could also be found in a nuetron star.

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 outraeous 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.

Is it matter, energy or something else common to both?

Nevertheless, the book goes into the general theory of gravitational waves and the process of developing a suitable observatory for these waves — all of this, without using complicated formulas or the like.


She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos. 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.

Toward the end of the text, Thorne deals with the much more speculative question of the nature ldgacy the core of a black hole; the so-called gravitational singularity predicted by Einstein’s field equations. There need to be scientists from this generation who take up the torch that Gamow and Thorne carried. In this book, Thorne tried to write 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.

The third chapter explains the prediction of black holes, which were not taken seriously as existing in the real world. Which of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our universe? There are photographs of people and illustrations and graphs explaining different concepts like space-time, hyperspace, Doppler shift etc. Thorne states that “when gravity is present a [free] particle is one outrageoys which no forces act except gravity. May 26, Woflmao rated it it was amazing Shelves: It effectively starts with Einstein and his alternate ideas to Newtonian Physics and works forward from there.

View all 3 oytrageous. 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.

It’s written in a way that’s fairly easy to timw, but the theories themselves were giving me a hard time. This book is a must have especially for someone who is interested in time travel. Available Our Retail Holee I enjoyed the read, bllack I now know a lot more about the subject matter than I did before I read it.

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Also, if they are the same, what is it? He’s tie master of the scientific minutia and thoughtful about the big picture. This is one small example of the connections Thorne shows between his field and others. Thorne and other researchers studying black holes have had heyday over the last 20 years as supercomputing power has steadily increased.