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Kip S. Thorne - Black Holes & Time Warps - Einstein's Outrageous Legacy - The Book
The back of the Book (year 1994) states:
Ever since 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 its mysteries. Some of them, like black holes and time
machines, are so unthinkable that Einstein himself rejected them.
The renowned physicist Kip S. Thorne has been in the thick of the quest.
Now in this compelling account, he describes these phenomena and
explains what they tell us about the universe. He is (at the time this book
came out) the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California
Institute of Technology and the author of three other books, including
(with John Wheeler and Charles Misner) Gravitation. He is the 1994
recipient of the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award.
Quotes from others, about this magnificent book:
"Among the best of [its] genre to appear in recent years." ---Malcolm W.
Browne, front page review, 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 cosmos's most bizarre
features. Masterful and intriguing." ---Marcia Bartusiak, Washington Post
"Superb. It is what many other books about this subject ought to have
been and were not. I think the book 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 insights of scientific styles and
temperaments." ---Alan Lightman
---Editor's Comment: What I've read in this particular book thus far, has
been very interesting. Once you start reading further into the subjects, it
is hard to put down. I was also impressed with the layout and detailed
descriptions within this big book that is filled with knowledge and
experience. Also, it is easy to understand, even if you're not an expert in
physics or astronomy, etc. Excellent! It comes highly recommended! ---
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---The Foreword, by Stephen Hawking, from Kip S. Thorne's book Black Holes & Time Warps:
This book is about a revolution in our view of space and time, and its remarkable consequences,
some of which are still being unraveled. It is also a fascinating account, written by someone closely
involved, of the struggles and eventual success in a search for an understanding of what are
possibly the most mysterious objects in the universe -- black holes.
It used to be thought obvious that the surface of the Earth was flat: It either went on forever or it
had some rim that you might fall over if you were foolish enough to travel too far. The safe return of
Magellan and other round-the-world travelers finally convinced people that the Earth's surface was
curved back on itself into a sphere, but it was still thought self-evident this sphere existed in a
space that was flat in the sense that the rules of Euclid's geometry were obeyed: Parallel lines
never meet. However, in 1915 Einstein put forward a theory that combined space and time into
something called spacetime. This was not flat but curved or warped by the matter and energy in it.
Because spacetime is very nearly flat in our neighborhood, this curvature makes very little
difference in normal situations. But the implications for the further reaches of the Universe were
more surprising than even Einstein ever realized. One of these was the possibility that stars could
collapse under their own gravity until the space around them became so curved that they cut
themselves off from the rest of the Universe. Einstein himself didn't believe that such a collapse
could ever occur, but a number of other people showed it was an inevitable consequence of his
The story of how they did so, and how they found the peculiar properties of the black holes in space
that were left behind, is the subject of this book. It is a history of scientific discovery in the making,
written by one of the participants, rather like The Double Helix by James Watson about the discovery
of the structure of DNA, which led to the understanding of the genetic code. But unlike the case of
DNA, there were no experimental results to guide the investigators. Instead, the theory of black
holes was developed before there was any indications from observations that they actually existed.
I do not know any other example in science where such a great extrapolation was successfully made
solely on the basis of thought. It shows the remarkable power and depth of Einstein's theory.
There is much we still don't know, such as what happens to objects and information that fall into a
black hole. Do they reemerge elsewhere in the Universe, or in another Universe? And can we warp
space and time so much that one can travel back in time? These questions are part of our ongoing
quest to understand the Universe. Maybe someone will come back from the future and tell us the
answers. ---Stephen Hawking
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