Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at CalTech, here offers an accessible, deftly illustrated history . Black Holes & Time Warps has ratings and reviews. Travis said: Want to learn what happens to stars when they die, but you lack a post-doc in as. Thorne’s book, “Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy” ( W. W. Norton & Company, ), touches on many of the same.
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There are books we love and books we hate, and then there are books that irrevocably change our lives; for me, that ienstein is “Black Holes and Time Warps” by Kip Thorne. I first heard the name Kip Thorne during my third year working on an undergraduate degree in physics, when my friend Dan gave me a beat-up paperback copy of Thorne’s book, ” Black Holes and Time Outrabeous When Dan gave me the book we were both neck-deep in thermodynamics, stellar spectra, Brownian motion and all the things we had to cram into our heads to earn our degrees.
It was a tough year, and a tough following year, and I think even then I had the sneaking suspicion that research wasn’t where I belonged. I was feeling out of my place and out of my league among many of my peers, and I feared science would inevitably slip ad of my life.
But when I cracked open “Black Holes and Time Warps,” the joy that had made me pursue science in the first place came back to me. It dives into what scientists know about power of gravity, the nature of space-time and the possibility of worm holes ; it touches on Einstein’s theory of special relativity and some particle physics, among other things.
There’s not a lot of math blavk the book, but it’s legscy heavy on the einsten and it is not what I would describe as a “light read.
Leading the reader on this awesome journey is theoretical astrophysicist Kip Thorne, who during his career was considered a world authority on black holes and other strange topics in astrophysics. I can’t imagine having a better teacher on this subject than Thorne.
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He’s a master of the scientific minutia and thoughtful about the big picture. I always got the outrageosu that while he clearly knew more about black holes than I ever would, we shared the same fundamental curiosity about the universe, and on that level we could be equals.
And of course, there’s the awesome fact that Thorne loves weird science. For example, he published scientific papers on the physical possibility of time travel, which wasn’t always considered a serious avenue of investigation. Backward time travel is probably impossible, and things are still murky when it comes to forward outrxgeous travel, but scientists know for sure that time moves differently for different observers, so in that sense we are all traveling in time relative to each other.
Thorne’s book was a breath of fresh air for me. There’s such a hearty amount of science that I felt satiated but not overwhelmed. But what also set this book apart was that Thorne takes the reader down the path of discovery by talking about the people who made these discoveries, the challenges they faced, and their scientific process. It’s the story of science, and it’s a story I’m still in love with.
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Is Wormhole Travel Possible? Thorne also showed me and, I hope, many people that writing for a general, non-scientific audience was not beneath one of the greatest astrophysicists in the world. There is an idea held by some people in the physics community that a scientist who engages with the public produces inferior science and data points like Thorne, Stephen Hawking, Richard Feynman, Neil deGrasse TysonCarl SaganLisa Randall, Sean Carroll and the many, many other highly talented scientists engaging the public in new and exciting ways, are apparently not enough to eliminate this notion.
It’s an idea that is not only harmful to those who would like to engage the public, but to the entire community, for many reasons. Thorne set the example that engaging the public is a worthwhile activity for a scientist.
I didn’t know it at the time, but this book was planting the idea in my mind that telling stories like this one was exactly what I wanted to do. By the time graduation rolled around, I’d found science writing and was relieved and excited to know that science was going to be a part of my life after all.
Last year, for the 20th anniversary of “Black Holes and Time Warps,” and not quite a decade after Dan handed me that paper tomeI had the opportunity to interview Thorne about the book. It took some personal restraint not to completely nerd-out on him. He said when he was 13 years old, he read the book “One Two Three … Infinity” by George Gamow, a very talented nuclear and astrophysicist who worked during the first half of the 20th century.
And I would like to return that to the next generation. Looking back at the way Thorne’s book affected me, this intention is so incredibly clear. I didn’t end up becoming a scientist, but in part, because of this book, I kept science in my life.
There will always be young blackk who need their love timme science awakened. There need to be scientists holles this generation who take up the torch that Gamow and Thorne carried. The purpose of writing about science for the public goes beyond influencing future scientists, and I think Thorne said it very well when I talked to him:.
And an appreciation for the power of science to deal with the problems that society faces, such as climate change, such as the Ebola virus and other viruses which evolve over time and you have to deal with the science of evolution in order to deal with them in the long haul. And science really is an extremely powerful force for solving them.
And I would hope that the books that I’ve written may have some role in educating the public about the power of science for dealing with these kinds of things.
Original article on Space. Calla Cofield joined the crew of Space. She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos.
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Vlack has been underground at three of the largest particle accelerators in the world. She’d really like to know what the heck dark matter is.
Prior to joining Space. From to she was a producer for The Physics Central Podcast.
Calla studied physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is originally from Sandy, Utah. In his book “Black Holes and Time Warps,” astrophysicist Finstein Thorne opened a door for non-scientists to enter the world of twisted space. I asked Thorne why he had decided, back then, to write a book for non-scientists.
The purpose of writing about science for the public goes beyond influencing future scientists, and I think Thorne said it very well when I talked to him: