Kip S. Few ideas in the history of science have captured the imagination of the public so strongly as that of the black hole, a region of space whose gravitational pull overwhelms all other forces in the universe. In recent years we have witnessed an explosion of popular science books on black holes and related subjects, as anyone who has stepped through the doors of any major bookseller can attest. Many of these books are, at the least, egregiously sensationalistic and, at the worst, simply wrong.
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This classic was first published in hardback in It is one of the best books written on the topic by one of the key players in the field. This book stands out for a number of reasons: 1 quality of the writing, 2 An excellent bibliography, and 3 very well done illustrations.
I have lost count of the number of astronomy books published in the last years with poor quality photos or drawings. I wish Dr. Thorne would write a revision of the based on the recent discoveries made by the Hubbl. Thorne would write a revision of the based on the recent discoveries made by the Hubble and Chandra Space Telescopes. This book is worth your time, and a careful reading will give you a good understanding of how our knowledge of black holes developed and what may come next.
Christopher Nolan, director of the forthcoming movie "Interstellar" based the movie on some of the ideas in this book. Thorne was a consultant to the movie and is listed as one of the executive producers of the film. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Thorne ,. Stephen Hawking Foreword by. Frederick Seitz Introduction. 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. Which of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our universe?
Black holes, down 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, down which anything 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.
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. In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr. Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, leads his readers through an elegant, always human, tapestry of interlocking themes, coming finally to a uniquely informed answer to the great question: what principles control our universe and why do physicists think they know the things they think they know?
Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time has been one of the greatest best-sellers in publishing history. 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 17th by W. Norton Company first published September 22nd More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Is it too much outdated now? Kyle 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. Gravitational Waves for exam …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. Gravitational Waves for example, are a topic of discussion, and we have only just observed them in the past year or so.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 06, Jen rated it it was amazing. There are some advantages to growing up very southern. In addition to being born with impressive trigger discipline, you squirrel away an arsenal of colloquialisms to fall back on in times of befuddlement or great stress.
To wit: laboring with a spare tire on the side of the road in the dead of winter for hours. You grow concerned, step out of the car, and say: There are some advantages to growing up very southern. Want me to help you with that, darlin? You get back into the car, slamming the door, and putting some Hank on to soothe your savage soul. Seizing the opportunity to gloat, you step out of the vehicle and loom over the poor bastard like the shadow of death.
Did the shockwave of its profundity reduce all chatter at the dinner table to its constituent utterances? Did someone come up to you afterwards, nursing their cocktail, and proceed to compliment your unique vernacular? Tearing up the stellar neighborhood like right bastards, before exiting so dramatically from the scene that they punch a damn hole in the fabric of space-time. A real goddamn tear. Look it up. LENNY here has a mass about 4 million times that of our sun. He EATS the bastards!
Accrete some stellar knowledge with this book! View all 24 comments. Mar 01, Travis Hull rated it it was amazing Shelves: hard-science , best-of-the-best. Want to learn what happens to stars when they die, but you lack a post-doc in astrophysics?
You've come to the right place. Thorne has done an excellent job of putting just about anything you'd want to know about the topic in layman's terms, but the math and physics is also there if you want it. He blends the science and the history together and comes up with an interesting read not only about what we know about stellar death, but how we got there.
In the last chapter he presents some of his own Want to learn what happens to stars when they die, but you lack a post-doc in astrophysics? In the last chapter he presents some of his own research on how black holes may be used to create time traveling wormholes.
You don't get much cooler than time-traveling wormholes. View all 3 comments. Dec 14, Jose Moa rated it it was amazing Shelves: astronomy , physics , science , cosmology. Kip S. Thorne is one of the most important researchers in gravity and black holes. 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 are 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.
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 are 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 because the Maxwell equation for a electromagnetic wave is invariant under Lorentz transformations and not in galilean transformations,in this sense the electromagnetic theory by Maxwell is the first classic field relativistic theory second the equivalence principle that is the origin of the generl theory of relativity where the spacetime is curved by the presence of matter and energy and the light follows geodesics ,the short lines between two points that are not in this case straight lines,for example in a sphere surface the geodesics are maximun circles or meridians.
In the following chapters the author tells the birth and evolution of the concept of neutron star and black holes by the work of Scharzschild,Chandrasekhar,Oppenheimer and others and the idea of the Hawking radiation. After this ,the search of astronomical black holes as result of imploding massive stars and the big black holes in the galactic nucleus,recently confirmed,also the search of gravitational waves,the last test of the theory and also recently confirmed.
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 of womholes in the spacetime sustained by exotic matter and its possible use for interestellar trips or time machines here the movie" Interestellar". Also other point of the book is the sociology of science,the science in USA versus soviet union and the history of the independent discovery of the Teller Ulam design of the termonuclear devices by Sajarov in the soviet union.
A reference book of popular science on relativity,black holes,wormholes,time machines and its history. May 24, Taha Ansari rated it it was amazing Shelves: popular-science , favorites. What a masterpiece! Thoroughly detailed without being overly complicated. Kip Thorne, a recent Nobel laureate awarded for his immense contributions in gravitational wave detection, goes through the most important junctures in 20th century physical research, explaining along the way the most important concepts in relativistic physics.
Do physical laws allow the formation of black holes and naked singularities? Kip Thorne approaches each question by first giving the general historical circumstances in which the theoretical and experimental efforts were at their peak world war two for instance and the international effort put into building and developing the atomic bomb , he then introduces the main characters involved, and what makes this book so unique, is that the author not only focuses on the final results of their endeavors, but instead shines as much light on the process, including the successes and the failures.
What also makes this book stand out, is the important implication of the author in most topics approached. He describes in detail the kinds of relationships that connect physicists including himself to other scientists Mathematicians, astrophysicists, etc. And apparently physicists are keen on making bets For those who are wondering if this book is outdated, most explanations given in this book still remain valid, some of which have even been proven years after the book was published Gravitational waves for example.
Most importantly, this book is not only for those who want to expand their knowledge in relativistic physics, it is also a great demonstration of how scientific knowledge is built and a great source of historical information.
What's New in Black Holes? 'Interstellar' Physicist Kip Thorne Tells All
This classic was first published in hardback in It is one of the best books written on the topic by one of the key players in the field. This book stands out for a number of reasons: 1 quality of the writing, 2 An excellent bibliography, and 3 very well done illustrations. I have lost count of the number of astronomy books published in the last years with poor quality photos or drawings. I wish Dr.
Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy
It provides an illustrated overview of the history and development of black hole theory, from its roots in Newtonian mechanics until the early s. Over fourteen chapters, Thorne proceeds roughly chronologically, tracing first the crisis in Newtonian physics precipitated by the Michelson—Morley experiment , and the subsequent development of Einstein's theory of special relativity given mathematical rigor in the form of Minkowski space , and later Einstein's incorporation of gravity into the framework of general relativity. Black holes were quickly recognized as a feasible solution of Einstein's field equations , but were rejected as physically implausible by most physicists. Work by Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar suggested that collapsing stars beyond a certain mass cannot be supported by degeneracy pressure , but this result was challenged by the more prestigious Arthur Stanley Eddington , and was not fully accepted for several decades. When the reality of objects which possess an event horizon finally achieved broad acceptance, the stage was set for a thorough investigation into the properties of such objects, yielding the surprising result that black holes have no hair —that is, that their properties are entirely determined by their mass, spin rate, and electrical charge.