Science of Interstellar Paperback – 7 Nov 2014
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The book provides an intriguing overview of some of the most daring concepts in 21st century physics and its building blocks written by a man who clearly knows his stuff. --Engineering and Technology
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Thorne shares his experiences working as the science adviser on the film and then moves on to the science itself. In chapters on wormholes, black holes, interstellar travel, and much more, Thorne s scientific insights many of them triggered during the actual scripting and shooting of Interstellar describe the physical laws that govern our universe and the truly astounding phenomena that those laws make possible.See all Product description
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It explains the background of the movie, chapter by chapter - and what was going through the mid of Kip during his work on interstellar. It is also exquisitely illustrated. with both photographs and diagrams to explain the theories being explored. It includes explanations of many of the complicated theories behind the movie and how they used science to make it as accurate as possible. There's also a bit of talk at the end about the whole "bookecase tesseract" scene which is actually extremely interesting - bridging the gap between what we do and do not know.
In summary, a really good read for anyone left wanting more after the movie.
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 after having read this 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.
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It is accessible, reasoned and a joy to read and digest.
Thank you Kip Thorne for making what con often be difficult both accessible and comprehensible.
A must read.
The only problem I had is with the delivery, it was next day which was amazing but the packaging wasn't that great. The 3 books and the Blue Ray came in one big box which could've been packaged better as 2 corners on this book were folded and creased, the rest was fine ( yes I'm that pernickety about certain books being in perfect condition ). Other than that this boom is worth the price for anyone who is interested in the movie and the facts and physics behind the space part of the movie. Highly recommend !
Whilst the book is partly concept art, the bits that I really love is how they put it together, from the music that adds another level to your appreciation through to the actors who make you believe and of course from the hundreds of people that help pull it altogether for your viewing pleasure, even though, at times, you won’t even know what they did.
All round a cracking book and one that really added to the whole experience and is one that whilst it’s still my book, has been half-hitched by my twin to help present a number of things to his art classes. Magic.
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