Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy
Ever since Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity burst upon the world in 1915 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 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 humancomponent.
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Review: Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous LegacyUser Review - Kevin Leung - Goodreads
There are 4 distinct sections in this book to me: 1. The intro story, which is a bit of sci-fi and gives a fun introduction to the ideas he will be presenting 2. Physics before Thorne goes to grad ... Read full review
Review: Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous LegacyUser Review - Woflmao - Goodreads
This book tells the story of the science of black holes (despite the title, "time machines" feature only in the last chapter, where it is concluded that they most likely cannot exist). It follows the ... Read full review
Foreword by Stephen Hawking
The Relativity of Space and Time
The Warping of Space and Time
Black Holes Discovered and Rejected
The Mystery of the White Dwarfs
Implosion Is Compulsory
Implosion to What?
The Golden Age
What Is Reality?
Black Holes Evaporate
Inside Black Holes
Wormholes and Time Machines