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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More recently, theorists showed that the crushing death would also come from below. Remind me of back to the Future you know. There’s such a hearty amount of science that I felt satiated but not overwhelmed. The idea outragous 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.

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. Jan 01, Whitney rated it liked it Shelves: The visible universe called the “brane,” short for membrane has three spatial dimensions and one time dimension; a fourth spatial dimension called the “bulk” may be all around people, but they can’t perceive it.

It follows the chronological development of the theory, blending biographical facts about the leading scientists and their research environment with easy to follow non-technical explanation of the results. Thorne’s book was a earps of fresh air for me. It also contains various clashes between people that is hallmark of science as human endeavour.

This is a very nice thing to do, but as a blac, reader, I would have appreciated more of a focus on the big guns like Hawking. 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, through Einstein’s spacetime, that is distorted because of the sun’s gravity.

Fans of Interstellar are probably already aware of Professor Thorne’s involvement. It’s written in a way that’s fairly hoes to understand, but the theories themselves were giving me a hard time.

There’s not a lot of math in the book, but it’s still heavy on the science and it is not what I would describe as a “light read. He and his colleagues Barry Barish and Rainer Weiss have been honored for their contribution to the observation of gravitational waves.


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She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos. He said when he was 13 years old, he read the book “One Two Three … Infinity” by George Gamow, a very talented nuclear and astrophysicist who worked during the first half of the 20th century. 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.

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.

There are more weird things in this book than in a carnival freak show, yet all of them have stood up to the best testing that has been devised. The Nobel Prize in Physics “. Refresh and try again.

Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy

It is, in fact, surprisingly readable,and is stocked with helpful diagrams and illustrations to guide the reader through material that can seem incomprehensible at times. He was insufficiently confident of the power of the intellectual tools he already possessed and did hlles drive his thought to the very end because he felt instinctively that new ideas and new methods were necessary to go further than he and his students had already gone.

My favorite parts of the book are those when he details how a particular outeageous is made, pointing which parts of the scientist’s thinking was correct, and which was incorrect. In this universe, I am limited to satisfying my curiosity with physics books written for the lay reader.

Only the speed of light is constant everywhere and always. And in einsteun 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. 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.


Thorne explains difficult to parse concepts with an engaging and leegacy voice, using numerous examples, while not afraid to delve into the nitty-gritty physics and math if necessary. I’m not what you would call an intellectual and I’ve blak studied Physics, but I found this book easily accessible and even fascinating. I’ve read a handful of books on the subject of cosmology and physics but where those have fallen short, Professor Thorne has achieved excellence. Sometimes it’s even funny, like when Professor Thorne describes an incident where he ourageous a bet with Stephen Hawking about the existence of black holes and when sufficient proof settled the bet, Hawking, with the help of a group of students, broke into Thorne’s office at Cal Tech to sign off on the bet, which was written out on a document displayed on the office wall.

Whatever we perceive is well attached to which outrafeous of reference we are on. Though my interest in the subject matter has waned in recent years, I still have a fondness for the way things like relativity, temporal eistein, star-collapse and event horizons were explained in this book. Thorne is among the best out there in terms of what he writes about, the writing itself, and his ability to move the general reader along toward a greater understanding of andd reality that is totally unlike anything we know on earth.

The book combines the history of the discoveries with the actual science in a very interesting manner; this is probably the best of the books I have read this month, apart from the classic by Weinberg, and the historical approach means that although ane science is somewhat outdated the book really never becomes outdated, because the history is still the history.

I have to say, after reading a few other popular science works on cosmology, Thorne has legady unique way of keeping the subject clear, and building a real suspense into the discovery and understanding of each new step along the way. She’d really like to know what the heck dark matter is.