Image credit: W. Thorne is also a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. I hope to do so in the next few years. First: new ideas about how exactly a black hole would kill you. This would create a singularity: a location where the laws of physics break down and measurements of gravity go to infinity. More recently, theorists showed that the crushing death would also come from below.
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Image credit: W. Thorne is also a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. I hope to do so in the next few years. First: new ideas about how exactly a black hole would kill you.
This would create a singularity: a location where the laws of physics break down and measurements of gravity go to infinity. More recently, theorists showed that the crushing death would also come from below. This could happen with any and all of the material that had ever fallen into the black hole during its lifetime. This all remains theoretical, of course, as no one has ever actually fallen into a black hole.
The space-time storm : Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who helped bring real science to the movie "Interstellar. Image credit: Caltech Thorne and other researchers studying black holes have had heyday over the last 20 years as supercomputing power has steadily increased.
Now researchers can create simulations of the incredibly complex circumstances surrounding black holes and watch the simulations play out. This includes the twisting and warping of space-time itself, distortions that could travel through the Earth and to a very small degree change how quickly time passes at one point compared to another. And their collisions create wild oscillations in the rate of flow of time and in the whirling motions of space , in complicated vortex-like or whirlpool-like behaviors.
In the movie "Interstellar," the "bulk" is called "the fifth dimension. 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.
Randall discussed the details of this theory in the book "Warped Passages" Harper Perennial, Thorne was one of a group of physicists who fought hard to keep Russian and American scientists in contact during the Cold War.
It offers accessible explanations of the science responsible for black holes and other mind-boggling physical phenomena in the universe. Readers will find the occasional equation and lots of helpful images and diagrams. Anyone interested in learning more about the history and science of black holes should consider giving it a read.
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Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy
Jutaur Calla Cofield joined the crew of Space. This has turned out to be a perfect way to start my new year along with the wonderful discoveries of gravitational waves from merging black holes and neutron stars in the last couple of years. Stephen Hawking Foreword by. The main actors in this play Einstein who started it all with his theory of relativity Eddington and Chandrasekhar who first thought and fought in detail about what happens when massive stars collapseOppenheimer who, besides constructing the first atomic bomb, was the first to develop a theoretical model of a black holeLandau, Wheeler, Zeldovich and Novikov who refined the theory and trained many of the leading black hole researchers of the coming generationup to Hawking who included quantum theoretical considerations and predicted the evaporation of black holes and Penrose who introduced topological methods into cosmological research.