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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: Richard Price, Stephen Hawking, Kip Thorne 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. Here are six accessible essays by those who walk that line, moving ever further out in discovering the patterns of nature, aimed at readers who share their fascination with the deepest mysteries of the universe.

• Richard Price: "An Introduction to Spacetime Physics"
• Stephen Hawking: "Chronology Protection"
• Igor Novikov: "Can We Change the Past?"
• Kip S. Thorne: "Speculations about the Future"
• Timothy Ferris: "On the Popularization of Science"
• Alan Lightman: "The Physicist as Novelist" Download and start listening now!

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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 Richard Price

Richard Price is the author of six previous novels, including the national bestsellers Freedomland and Clockers, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1999 he received a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in Best American Essays 2002, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, New Yorker, Esquire, Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. He has also written numerous screenplays, including Sea of Love, Ransom, and The Color of Money. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.

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.