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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kip Thorne, Stephen Hawking Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2002 ISBN: 9780739301586
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Where the science of black holes, gravitational waves, and time travel will likely lead us, as reported by spacetime’s most important theoreticians and observers

Our minds tell us that some things in the universe must be true. The new physics tells us that they are not and, in the process, blurs the line between science and science fiction. These essays by those who walk that line, moving ever further out in discovering the patterns of nature, are aimed at readers who share their fascination with the deepest mysteries of the universe.

The basic concepts of the new notion of space and time, those of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, are introduced by theoretical physicist Richard Price and are the unifying theme of the five essays that follow:

“An Introduction to Spacetime Physics” by Richard Price
“Chronology Protection” by Stephen Hawking
“Can We Change the Past?” by Igor Novikov
“Speculations about the Future” by Kip S. Thorne
“On the Popularization of Science”by Timothy Ferris
“The Physicist as Novelist” by Alan Lightman

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is story making that lifts the human spirit out of our sometimes petty terrestrial concerns and places us among the stars.”

    Scientific American

  • “Caltech physicist Kip Thorne’s sixtieth birthday was celebrated in essay form by fellow relativists interested not only in space-time but also in explaining it to nonscientists. Collected in this volume, these pieces feature Thorne’s predictions about imminent discoveries of space-time gravity waves, Stephen Hawking’s sporting arguments against certain of Thorne’s ideas about black holes and wormholes, and two views by popular writers (Timothy Ferris and Alan Lightman) on making such subjects accessible…Exuding a lighthearted tone, these pieces will appeal especially to those who enjoyed Thorne’s Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy.”

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  • “Jonathan Davis reads these essays with clarity and with character, making the stars come into reach…The ideas are challenging, often mind numbing, and not entirely cohesive. But Davis, a narrator equally adept at reading fiction and science writing, helps make The Future of Spacetime accessible and worthwhile.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 4/17/2009

    " It was fun, but just okay. It's been a long time and I'm glad I read it, but it's not heavy literature or comprehensive. The most important thing it taught me is that scientists can have a sense of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 6/30/2008

    " Hawking and Thorne stand out in this collection. As a collection of lectures, don't expect the science here to be diluted or awash in new-age speculation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 1/25/2008

    " Hawking and Thorne stand out in this collection. As a collection of lectures, don't expect the science here to be diluted or awash in new-age speculation. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is and English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. His ability to make science understandable and compelling was established with his first book, A Brief History of Time, which has sold nearly ten million copies all over the world. Hugely influential in his field, he has authored or participated in the creation of countless other popular science books, including The Universe in a Nutshell, A Briefer History of Time, On the Shoulders of Giants, and George’s Secret Key to the Universe. He is the current director of research at the Institute for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.