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    DescriptionEver 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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    Title
    Black Holes and Time Warps
    Subtitle
    Einstein's Outrageous Legacy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kip S. Thorne
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 620
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780393312768
    ISBN 10: 0393312763
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    BIC subject category V2: PD
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26000
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI005000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 530.11
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SCI061000
    DC22: 530.11
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QC6 .T526 1995
    Thema V1.0: PHVB, PD
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    02 May 1995
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    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"