The Science of Interstellar by Kip Thorne

The Science of Interstellar

By Kip Thorne

  • Publication Date: 2014-11-07
  • Genre: Physics
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 62 Ratings)

Book Overview

A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film, Interstellar, from executive producer and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne.

Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movie’s jaw-dropping events and stunning, never-before-attempted visuals are grounded in real science. 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.

Interstellar and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s14).

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Recent Reviews

  • Worst book I have ever seen!!!

    1
    By Cinfo
    I purchased the audio version of this book to listen to on a long flight home. I was convinced to purchase on based on my love of the movie and the books great review...boy did I get suckered!!! The author drones on and on with trivial details about completely speculative ideas and theories. The book was boring and painful to listen to. The description and reviews of this book state that it fills in the gaps in the movie, much as using deleted or extended scenes...this it doesn't do and I gain nothing more about the movie except maybe a headache from enduring such boredom!!! After listening to the book, I watched "The Science of Interstellar" extra on my copy of the movie. The extra was done in a documentary style and was quite fascinating with multiple speakers, visuals and most of all not spending to much time on trivials. Do yourself a favor and watch this instead of reading or listening to this book!!!
  • Fascinating book

    5
    By Pheenix11
    Although I freely admit that I didn't understand all of it, it was a fascinating read that explained many advanced concepts. The book was easy to follow and moved quickly without getting bogged down. Just thinking about some of the theories and ideas will keep you up late at night wondering what is possible. I highly recommend this book as well as the incredibly entertaining movie it was based on.
  • Will make you want to go and pick out the details in the movie again and again.

    5
    By miles314
    I applaud Kip Thorne for his outstanding work in helping the Nolan brothers put together a great movie deeply rooted in actual science and math. I am a theoretical science hobbist and found this book to be both approachable as well as fascinating. Understanding where they drew the line between science fact and science fiction (based on some scientific license) makes me crave more movies like Interstellar. Excellent read and can’t wait for a sequel… C’mon Chris, please!!
  • Better science books out there

    2
    By TrackingKookie
    If you're an astrophysics nerd like myself then you won't get much new information. And if you're new to astrophysics then I don't think the explanations are clear enough. The author jumps around from topic to topic, which makes it hard to read. I'd skip this and grab one of the many science masterpieces out there.
  • Interesting book

    4
    By Tonyquick
    Great book, theories explained well, easier to be understood(relatively). Enjoyed it
  • Amazing book!

    5
    By Jreed1235
    This book was beautifully written. It is absolutely mesmerizing in every way. Kip Thorne manages to explain some of the world’s most difficult and mind bending theories in a way for the average person to understand. The illustrative style of his writing is just breathtaking. If you are curious about the mysteries of the universe, this is the book for you. Kip will take you form the hard fact, to the educated guess, to the pure speculative, but never into a world that can be ruled out through scientific theory. That is the best part of this… it very well may be all possible!
  • Beautiful illustration of how art and science can influence one another on a grand scale.

    5
    By andrewhake
    I loved the film, and it is just made exponentially better reading this book after watching it. It does a great job to show how ambitious all of these ideas were, and how they were still tackled scientifically. It is also a beautiful illustration on a grand scale of how art and science can influence one another in facsinating ways that are mutually beneficial.
  • Ready for the Movie!

    5
    By SaniDel
    I bought this book as a primer to help me understand the science before I watched the movie. It’s helpful to know the movie is science fiction and not fantasy … there’s no sense writing a book to explain fantasy as “anything goes”! Reading the book allowed me to enjoy the movie without straining to understand the movie … that will come later after I’ve had a chance to discuss it with my movie-going partner.

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