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Black holes and time warps: Einstein's outrageous legacy

Black holes and time warps: Einstein's outrageous legacy

by Kip S. Thorne, Stephen Hawking

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393312768
Pages: 606
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Date posting: 2020-10-22
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<p>From Publishers Weekly</p> <p> Thorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at CalTech, here offers an accessible, deftly illustrated history of curved spacetime. Covering developments from Einstein to Hawking, he takes his readers to the very edge of theoretical physics: straight through wormholes--and maybe back again--past hyperspace, "hairless" wormholes and quantum foam to the leading questions that drive quantum physics. He even addresses the tabloid taunt that has tantalized him since 1988: Do quantum laws allow time travel? (In his foreword, Hawking suggests, "Maybe someone will come back from the future and tell us the answers.") Thorne is rigorous, modest and, true to the spirit of science, determined that readers move beyond the appeal of exotic answers and grasp the significance of quantum questions. This volume, a model of style, format and illustration, will speak eloquently to the readership, ranging widely in scientific literacy and interest, that such theoretical physics writers as Hawking and Feynman have established. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.<br /> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.</p> <p> From Library Journal</p> <p> This book's subtitle explains it all. Virtually all astrophysicists accept the fact that Einstein's theory of general relativity is the best model of physical reality that we have. In other words, it is essentially correct. Yet the model requires the existence of physical phenomena beyond one's wildest imagination. One of the investigators attempting to fathom the depths of the theory, Thorne here describes the people who have done the work and the trails, both false and fruitful, they have followed. He brings us up-to-date on the state of the art in black hole research and the attempts to find definitive proof of their existence. Even with the mathematics removed, his explanations can be pretty heavy going. Nevertheless, the payoff is worth the work. For academic and larger public library science collections.Harold D. Shane, Baruch Coll., CUNYCopyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.<br /> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. </p>