Among the best of its genre to appear in recent years The New York Times Book ReviewSuperb It is what many other books about their subject ought to have been and were not I think the book itself will be a strong force Carl SaganDeeply satisfying An engrossing blend of theory, history, and anecdote Wall Street JournalWinner of theNobel Prize in PhysicsEver since Albert Einstein s general theory of relativity burst upon the world insome of the most brilliant minds of our century have sought to decipher the mysteries bequeathed by that theory, a legacy so unthinkable in some respects that even Einstein himself rejected themWhich of these bizarre phenomena, if any, can really exist in our universe Black holes, down which anything can fall but from which nothing can return wormholes, short spacewarps connecting regions of the cosmos singularities, where space and time are so violently warped that time ceases to exist and space becomes a kind of foam gravitational waves, which carry symphonic accounts of collisions of black holes billions of years ago and time machines, for traveling backward and forward in timeKip Thorne, along with fellow theorists Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose, a cadre of Russians, and earlier scientists such as Oppenheimer, Wheeler and Chandrasekhar, has been in the thick of the quest to secure answers In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work of scientific history and explanation, Dr Thorne, a Nobel Prize winning physicist and the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at Caltech, leads his readers through an elegant, always human, tapestry of interlocking themes, coming finally to a uniquely informed answer to the great question what principles control our universe and why do physicists think they know the things they think they know Stephen Hawking s A Brief History of Time has been one of the greatest best sellers in publishing history Anyone who struggled with that book will find here aslowly paced but equally mind stretching experience, with the added fascination of a rich historical and human componentWinner of the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science