Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy

Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy

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By (author) Kip S. Thorne, Foreword by Stephen W. Hawking

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 624 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 25mm | 794g
  • Publication date: 2 May 1995
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393312763
  • ISBN 13: 9780393312768
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 34,593

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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 human component.

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Kip Thorne is the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at Caltech, an executive producer for Interstellar, and the author of books including the bestselling Black Holes and Time Warps. He lives in Pasadena, California. Stephen W. Hawking is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

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"Deeply satisfying... [An] engrossing blend of theory, history, and anecdote." "Among the best of [its] genre to appear in recent years." -- Malcolm W. Browne "Readers seeking to go beyond today's headlines will not find a higher authority (or a better storyteller) to discuss the cosmos's most bizarre features... Masterful and intriguing." -- Marcia Bartusiak "Superb. It is what many other books about their subject ought to have been and were not... I think the book itself will be a strong force." -- Carl Sagan "Black Holes & Time Warps reveals the scientific enterprise as very few books do; it richly overflows with history, modern physics, the excitement of discovery, and rare, firsthand scientific styles and temperaments." -- Alan Lightman