- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: WW Norton; Reprint edition (March 7 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393312763
- ISBN-13: 978-0393312768
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 680 g
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Black Holes and Time Warps: Einsteins Outrageous Legacy Paperback – Mar 7 1995
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Deeply satisfying.... [An] engrossing blend of theory, history, and anecdote. — Wall Street Journal
Among the best of [its] genre to appear in recent years. — Malcolm W. Browne (New York Times Book Review)
Readers seeking to go beyond today's headlines will not find a higher authority (or a better storyteller) to discuss the cosmo's most bizarre features…Masterful and intriguing. — Marcia Bartusiak (Washington Post)
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
About the Author
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.
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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If you want to escape from your world, you can do no better than join him. He takes us step by step through the various discoveries that have led to this understanding of the universe in which we have evolved, in our own little corner, on this little planet.
Reading is like living in a movie, so brilliantly and with such passion, does he describe this epic search for truth.
The factual information he gives about the universe and reality itself as we proceed, provides an incomparable tableau of our surroundings and universal history.
If you are interested in what lies beyond the horizon of Earth, this book is a must!
Now what happens inside a black hole? Theory is now on very uncertain grounds. Thorne indicates it predicts travel in ways that are more familiar to science fiction fans. This is entertaining stuff, but should be read with a healthy dose of skepticism.
What is really great about this book is that Thorne gets the history from 47 taped interviews he did with most of those who have contributed to the development of the subject, thus providing a wonderful history of who contributed what idea and when. These tapes appear to be a treasure that belong in a public archive.
I don't think there is a single equation in the book. The ideas are explained with numerous diagrams to get them across. They work well. Do not expect to understand relativity without doing some mental work of your own though; one cannot draw pictures that show four dimensions.
Short biographies of the significant characters, a chronology, a glossary and 23 pages of documentary notes are welcome inclusions.
I am an experimental physicist. For me, the writing is wonderful and I had a hard time putting the book down. A non-scientist should enjoy the first half, but might get bogged down well before the end.
This book was finished in 1993, so for developments since then one needs to look elsewhere.
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