The Science of Interstellar

The Science of Interstellar


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ISBN-13: 9780393351378
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/07/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 104,546
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kip Thorne, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at Caltech, is the author of the bestselling books Black Holes and Time Warps and The Science of Interstellar. Thorne was an executive producer for the 2014 film Interstellar. For “bridging the worlds of science and the humanities,” Thorne received Rockefeller University’s Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. He lives in Pasadena, California.

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The Science of Interstellar 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am going to start off by saying that I am a 17 year old senior in high school. I hate math and am planning on going to college for journalism. I have always been interested in science but my shortcomings in math have halted such growth. Moving on, I saw Interstellar over the weekend and was blown away. I knew enough quantam physics from the science channel back in middle school to understand the basucs but I wanted more. I was nervous to start this due to how math was such an intrical part of the theory in the film. Boy was I wrong. This was a great read and I have a clear grasp of the science and where it originated from. If you loved the movie and want to know about the theory this is the place! Great read!
JDCortese More than 1 year ago
Hidden within the label “you saw the movie, now see the science” this is one of the heftiest science-loaded books of the year. I congratulate Thorne for not pulling punches and getting so much crammed into this beautifully illustrated book of what—just by watching the movie over and over—you’ll never guess was part of it. I couldn’t believe how much thinking—and even true research—has gone into producing Interstellar. It’s probably the most ground-breaking introduction of high-level physical ideas to the general public ever attempted (“Contact”? “2001”? They are child’s play). I do have a Ph.D. in sciences, and years as college professor in Biophysics, including reading hundreds of books about contemporary Physics. Still, some of the ideas expressed in the story’s framework are so advanced I’ve lost some of them in a first reading, and they will be invisible to the casual spectator. Thorne labels only some sections of his book as ‘speculative’ but the whole book can be considered speculation—and that’s fine with me. The fifth dimension gets a lot of play—Stephen Hawkins might jump on his chair at that—and aliens (or us?) get to live there. No particular reason, but travel might be swifter. Some amazing new depictions of black holes are a consequence (rather than background work) of creating this movie. And a controversial view of the end of our work by various blights is advanced and I’m sure will show up in several dystopias soon to be filmed. Let’s just don’t go to the connections between landing space stations and changing Earth’s gravity (that still sounds weird after reading the book). “2001” had an ending that confused a great deal of people, set in a place with time distortions and abnormal worlds. It seemed (at the time) closer to magic (and LSD) than to any foreseeable reality. It’s a testament to the great progress of science in half-a-century that a world as fantastic as the one now purported in “Interstellar” doesn’t seem magical but just a speculative extrapolation of our current knowledge. Soon, in a not so distant future, the magic might become reality.
MAB-Reviews More than 1 year ago
To see photos/video of this product, please visit my blog at MovieArtBook(dot)com.  "The Science of Interstellar" is a great book that serves as an insightful companion to the film. The movie is very entertaining, and it left me curious to find out more about some of the scientific aspects. The movie was marketed as being based on "real science" - after watching the film, it's clear that it is not that simple. Some of the film (particularly the latter part of it) hinges on theories that have not been proven by any means; nor have they been disproven, so in some sense the film may be accurate to what some of our "best guesses" are when it comes to current science. Kip Thorne, whose work on theoretical physics is featured in the film, authors this book. He elaborates on the science seen in the movie, and aims to increase the audience's understanding of the theories within. It's a well-written text that does a good job explaining things to an average reader. He includes a number of charts, diagrams, and illustrations which definitely helped me to understand some of the more difficult concepts. I look forward to seeing the film again now that I have read the book; I think it will certainly allow my appreciation for the movie to grow. Some examples of what is discussed in the book: - The physical laws of our universe - The physics of wormholes and black holes - Gravity & time dilation - Details of the spacecraft Endurance - Blight, food/oxygen shortage on Earth - The equations on the chalkboard - much more, including spoilers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Science of Interstellar is a personal story told by Kip Thorne, an expert in the field of black holes and the very edge of human knowledge about space. Kip was the executive producer for the movie Interstellar and reflects on the many different aspects of the movie and the scientific accuracy of such. He covers many things included but not limited to string theory, the bulge, black holes, spacecraft design, and the effects of travelling close to the speed of light. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about these topics and recommend that anyone who had questions after seeing the movie to read this book. Kip writes with a personal touch through the facts as well and you learn his preferences as he recounts on many personal experiences that make the book more than a glorified textbook. The only thing I don’t particularly like about this book is that it makes a point to how unlikely Interstellar travel is. It points to how far away we are from colonizing other earth-like worlds and almost sets a depressing mood in my mind. It seems that Kip is content to what the facts are and what is implied by such, while I (perhaps naively) believe there is something missing, something that makes Interstellar travel possible. Regardless of that, it is a wonderful book and I recommend it to all that are interested in the far reaches of human knowledge about space.
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