The Science of Interstellar

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 7, 2014 - Science - 336 pages

A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan’s award-winning film, Interstellar, from executive producer and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Kip Thorne.

Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the Nobel prize-winning physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movie’s jaw-dropping events and stunning, never-before-attempted visuals are grounded in real science. Thorne shares his experiences working as the science adviser on the film and then moves on to the science itself. In chapters on wormholes, black holes, interstellar travel, and much more, Thorne’s scientific insights—many of them triggered during the actual scripting and shooting of Interstellar—describe the physical laws that govern our universe and the truly astounding phenomena that those laws make possible.

Interstellar and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s14).


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User Review  - fpagan - LibraryThing

Spacetime wormholes, black holes, extradimensionality, and other science topics relevant to the movie _Interstellar_, in the making of which astrophysicist Thorne was involved. Rich with color diagrams and other imagery. Best read after seeing the movie, which I had not done. Read full review

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User Review  - parhamj - LibraryThing

This is a very accessible and understandable guide to the scientific theories and knowledge underlying the movie, Interstellar. It is very well written. Kip Thorne does an excellent job of explaining ... Read full review


Our Universe in Brief
The Laws That Control the Universe
Warped Time and Space and Tidal Gravity
Black Holes
Gargantuas Anatomy
Gravitational Slingshots
Bulk Beings
Confining Gravity
Gravitational Anomalies
The Professors Equation
The Volcanos
Into Gargantua
The Tesseract

Gasping for Oxygen
Gravitational Waves
Millers Planet
Gargantuas Vibrations
Manns Planet
Messaging the Past
Lifting Colonies off Earth
Some Technical Notes
Index of People

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Kip Thorne, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at Caltech, is the author of the bestselling books Black Holes and Time Warps and The Science of Interstellar. Thorne was an executive producer for the 2014 film Interstellar. For “bridging the worlds of science and the humanities,” Thorne received Rockefeller University’s Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. He lives in Pasadena, California.

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