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…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)
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
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
Había oído hablar de Kip Thorne a través de @caiomriberio en twitter como "el hombre que le dio a Carl Sagan la idea del viaje espacio-tiempo en Contacto", lo descargué pero al darme cuenta que estaba pésimamente esc ...more
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
"Ha pasado casi un siglo desde que Einstein destruyera los conceptos newtonianos de espacio y tiempo como algo absoluto, y empezase a sentar las bases de su propio legado. Durante los cien años transcurridos, el legado de Einstein ha crecido para incluir, entre otras muchas cosas, una distorsión del espacio-tiempo y un conjunto de objetos exóticos constituidos única y exclusivamente por dicha distorsión: agujeros negros, ondas gravitacionales, singularidades (vestidas y desnudas), ag ...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
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
In this universe, I am limited to satisfying my curiosity with physics books written for the lay reader.
This was a particularly good one. It starts with Einstein's discovery of special and general relativity, and continues through the mid ...more
It is, in fact, surprisingly readable,and is stocked with helpful diagrams and illustrations to gui ...more