Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy
Which of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our universe? Black holes, down ...more
Gravitational Waves for exam…moreIn 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. (less)
Sagittarius A*: "Black Holes and Time Warps Einstein's Outrageous Legacy" by Kip S. Thorne
The central argument of this book is undoubtedly true. We have lost our sense of wonder, especially in the last 20-30 years.
I watched the first images of that black hole in 2019 (*) in awe wondering how many cosmic phenomena are there yet to discover, but then I grew up in the shadow of the moon landing when the assumption was we would be living o ...more
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 ...more
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. After detailing Einstein’s endeavors to formulate the two theories of relativity and establishing his field equations, and qualitatively explaining them ...more
Starting with the Newtonian physics, the Michelson-Morley experiment and the subsequent development of Einstein’s theory of special relativity Thorne sets the framework for the following chapter.
Immediately after special relativity was accepted by the scientists, the mathematics predicted the existence of black holes. Thorne describes the initial scepticism ...more
This classic was first published in hardback in 1994. 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 14-20 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
Kip Thorne is an eccentric author who reveals scientific enterprise of quantum gravity and black holes research in a simple language. This book is rich in history, and classical (Newtonian physics and theory of relativity) and modern physics (quantum mechanics) are presented in non mathematical form. We get rare first hand insights of scientific styles and temperament, and his personal involvement in various aspects of black holes research an ...more
Thorne wastes no time, initially taking the reader on a visit to black holes of various sizes, though widely separated in distance, in our galaxy. Relativity is seen ...more
Thorne wrote this book in 1993 and therefore twenty-two years before t ...more
My father bought this for me in about 2001, just after I'd dropped o ...more
Thorne refers to spacetime "fabric," but it's not clear ...more
Thorne, whose field is general relativity, begins with two chapters outlining special and general relativity -- Einstein's "legacy". The third chapter explains ...more
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 chara ...more
The book basically tells the story of the rise of Cosmology and Particle Physics since the 1920s, explaining in layman's terms the leading theories, d ...more
I'm on page 100 and this chapter was about the general retaivity that states that it doesn't work ...more
By Kip S. Thorne.
Dr. Thorne was a winner of the 2017 Noble Prize in physics, a winner of the 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Physics, the Albert Einstein Medal in 2009 from the Albert Einstein Society, and the Niels Bohr Medal in 2010 from UNESCO (among many other significant awards). He is the Caltech Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, emeritus.
You can read summaries of his life, his work, and his awards here, https:/ ...more
Picador has the makings of a most interesting series of popular science books. The idea is to get a personal picture on topics of current interest, written by prominent characters involved in the research. However, as a series, it rather shoots itself in the foot by omitting any listing of the other books; this one merely mentions that there are four earlier volumes, information of absolutely no help in identifying them.
There are problems in th ...more