Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy

Kip Thorne (Author) Stephen W. Hawking (Foreword by)
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Description

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, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus 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.

Winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science.

Product Details

Price
$18.95  $17.43
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
January 17, 1995
Pages
619
Dimensions
6.18 X 1.17 X 9.26 inches | 1.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393312768
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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.

Reviews

Deeply satisfying.... [An] engrossing blend of theory, history, and anecdote.
Among the best of [its] genre to appear in recent years.--Malcolm W. Browne
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
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
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