Black Holes & Time Warps: Einsteins Outrageous Legacy -- 1995 publication by Kip S. Thorne
Black Holes & Time Warps: Einsteins Outrageous Legacy -- 1995 publication
Author: Kip S. Thorne
Title: Black Holes & Time Warps: Einsteins Outrageous Legacy -- 1995 publication
ISBN10: 0333639693
ISBN13: 978-0333639696
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New Ed edition (January 17, 1995)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1455 kb
Size epub: 1598 kb
Rating: 4.6 ✪
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Category: Science & Math
Subcategory: History & Philosophy

Winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

Ever 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, 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.