Einstein showed that light has mass, though very little, and is therefor affected by gravity. The idea is to get a personal picture on topics of current interest, written by prominent characters involved in the research. Durante los cien años transcurridos, el legado de Einstein ha crecido para incluir, entre otras muchas cosas, una distorsión del espacio-tiempo y un conjunto de objetos exóticos constituidos única y exclusivamente por dicha distorsión: agujeros negros, ondas gravitacionales, singularidades vestidas y desnudas , agujeros de gusano y máquinas del tiempo. Interesting digressions and a minimum of complicated equations have been used to describe the amazing effects as predicted by general relativity. You will get a great introduction to great minds in math and physics of the 20th century, many of them friends of Kip Thorne. First: new ideas about how exactly a. In hindsight, however, I speculate whether Dr.
Thorne overcomes this without beating the reader to death with equations by eloquently explaining the reasoning behind the theory, including what problem it was trying to solve, what alternatives there might have been, or what objections were raised. I also think I might have a little to offer the group. Throughout the book, Thorne discusses the personalities of the titanic thinkers involved and this provides the reader with a welcome relief from the long, technical story about black holes for most, probably more information than you want to know. Though some details are now outdated, it is an invaluable history of the scientific path from Einstein's theories to black holes. Each chapter builds on the discoveries expounded on in the preceding, so forgetting what was covered in chapter 2 makes chapter 3 considerably more difficult to grasp. Anyone interested in black hole and space travel must have this book.
Thorne takes you across the electromagnetic spectrum, from light through radio and X-rays up to the latest area of investigation, non-electromagnetic gravity waves, being sought as the inevitable result of black holes in collision. This would create a singularity: a location where the laws of physics break down and measurements of gravity go to infinity. Even so, in choosing a compact mini-encyclopedia of 20th- century physics, one could do far worse than this one, with its breadth of information even including exactly how it is that time does hook itself up to a wormhole. We'd never seen waterspouts — tornadoes over water. You can read summaries of his life, his work, and his awards here, , and here, and here, Dr. In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr.
I gave the book a five out of five because I really enjoy learning knew things and complex things like this really great equation which I'm trying to learn and it's the Shrodinger's equation, now this connects with the book because It's complex and that's how the book is, and that's why I like it. The biographical presentations are sympathetic and take care to show how the researchers' ideas could develop - or not develop - in the research environment of their time and place. I found myself revelling in it, not wanting the story to end. Whether I read more on the subject is yet to be seen. The controversy on black holes has come to a pitch recently, with wild new theories and denials. Después Kip empieza a recorrer lo que nos llevó a descubrir esta singularidad, los descubrimientos de Einstein, cómo nos las ingeniábamos con Newton, intenta dejarle al lector algo de la Relatividad Especial fácil y la General difícil, incluso para físicos consagrados y aquí es donde te empiezas a dar cuenta que Kip, va a volar tu mente varias veces en el transcurso de este libro pero no va a ser fácil, como lector tienes que poner de tu parte para entender los diversos recuadros, ilustraciones y ejemplos con los que Kip intenta dejarte algunos conceptos claros, y puede no entenderos si te nace pero te facilitará el libro y en especial los últimos capítulos, recomendable tomar una paliza al principio que ya al final, todo esto ocurre del primero al cuarto capítulo del libro.
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. El prólogo es lo más difícil pero a manera que uno progresa desearía regresar al prólogo y esconderse un rato. It explains the process for acceptance of new ideas within that community, which I had no idea of before. The space-time storm Image: © Caltech Thorne and other researchers studying black holes have had heyday over the last 20 years as supercomputing power has steadily increased. This book stands out for a number of reasons: 1 quality of the writing, 2 An excellent bibliography, and 3 very well done illustrations.
The author warps up the second part by discussing the possibility of constructing wormholes with exotic matter tunnels in space connecting two widely separated locations in the universe through hyperspace for interstellar travel and back to the future. Making the subject matter of Black Holes and Time Warps accessible to a lay reader was no small feat for an astrophysical, biographical, historical explanation of relativity and quantum mechanics. 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. Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time has been one of the greatest best-sellers in publishing history. In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr. We'd never seen breaking waves. So impressive was his work that astronomers from the Yerkes Observatory traveled to visit him.
Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology. To accomplish this, within the text of Black Holes and Time Warps Dr. Hawking is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. Thorne mentioned specifically the work of physicists Lisa Randall at Harvard and Raman Sundrum at the University of Maryland, who have proposed that the bulk might be something scientists can detect through experiments. This all remains theoretical, of course, as no one has ever actually fallen into a black hole. Black Holes and Time Warps, with a preface by Stephen Hawking, exemplifies why this award was well deserved. Thorne is among the best out there in terms of what he writes about, the writing itself, and his ability to move the general reader along toward a greater understanding of a reality that is totally unlike anything we know on earth.
More precisely, when I discussed this issue with Dr. You don't get much cooler than time-traveling wormholes. His diagram on time and space p. Only the speed of light is constant everywhere and always. Thorne describes the much less mature search for , phenomena predicted to result from and black hole collisions, but as yet unobserved in 1993 and, indeed, , a discovery that led to Thorne being awarded a share of the 2017.
Which of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our universe? These gravity waves could only have been created by the collision of black holes. This a result of what Einstein found - that time is relative. You see, black holes also die--albiet slowly. I love how the history of the gravitational physics is presented and the culture of physics and physicists. Black holes have been discovered in the center of dying giant stars and in centers of galaxies, and efforts are underway to detect the black hole gravitational waves carried to earth from distant parts of the universe and to seek the secret of what is inside a black hole: a route to another universe? However, I think it would appeal to me even now.