Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous LegacyEver 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 bestsellers in publishing history. Anyone who struggled with that book will find here a more slowly paced but equally mindstretching experience, with the added fascination of a rich historical and humancomponent. 
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Review: Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy
User Review  Kevin Leung  GoodreadsThere are 4 distinct sections in this book to me: 1. The intro story, which is a bit of scifi and gives a fun introduction to the ideas he will be presenting 2. Physics before Thorne goes to grad ... Read full review
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User Review  Noahgj  GoodreadsPhysics treatise that I'm never going to fully read. Read full review
Contents
Foreword by Stephen Hawking  11 
The Relativity of Space and Time  59 
The Warping of Space and Time  87 
Black Holes Discovered and Rejected  121 
The Mystery of the White Dwarfs  140 
Implosion Is Compulsory  164 
Implosion to What?  209 
The Golden Age  258 
What Is Reality?  397 
Black Holes Evaporate  412 
Inside Black Holes  449 
Wormholes and Time Machines  483 
Epilogue  523 
Acknowledgments 329  529 
Chronology  537 
Notes  561 
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