Showing posts with label interstellar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label interstellar. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

[Review] The Science of Interstellar - Kip S.Thorne

I've been absolutely obsessed with the movie "Interstellar" lately so it was just a given that I'd check out Kip S. Thorne's explanation of the scientific facts behind the movie.

For those who don't know: Interstellar is a movie starring Matthew McConaughey as a astronaut-turned-farmer in a distant future that gets the opportunity to travel to a different galaxy in order to find a possible inhabitable planet.

NOT a good pick for non-scientists

Honestly, I was confused the whole time. This isn't popcorn literature, this doesn't feel like a Degrasse Tyson lecture. This feels like a straight-up text book and is therefore very poorly marketed.
I expected a book that's aimed at the same audience that loved "Interstellar" the movie. Thorne tries very hard to refrain from using formulas and too much established wording, but I had an extremely hard time reading this book. I had to read every chapter over and over again and concentrate to even grasp half of what he's saying. Thorne is absolutely unable to word complicated science in an easily understandable way. I felt straight up stupid reading this because I didn't understand as much as I would've liked to.

Too many topics - too little depth

There are chapters about every single plot point in Interstellar, explaining for what reasons Nolan and him decided to create Gargantua, Mann's and Miller's planets the way they ended up looking like in the movie.
However, I craved some knowledge beyond that. I don't care about an in-depth explanation of gravitational force. I care about gravitational force in relation to "Interstellar", but I don't want a whole chapter dedicated to cramming astrophysics theory into the reader. It's too much and it ends up being super unimportant if you want to understand the movie. I liked that Thorne features a lot of illustrations and sub-chapters, but I ended up skimming a lot of the theoretical stuff, because it seems unimportant.

What I really expected from this is to gain some insight on the probability of all this. Thorne explains the blight, the possibility of interstellar travel, and that's exactly what I wanted to read. Then again, there are pages and pages focusing on the black hole Gargantua that just ended up confusing me. I still can't tell you how black holes work and it's extremely frustrating. Instead of trying to cram in the planets, gravitational force, black hole theory, and a very unsatisfying explanation of the ending, there should have been a clear focus.

Science is such a wide term, there is no focus, the book tries to loosely move along the plot of the movie, but that's not really helping to ground the reader if you don't really get what's going on.




Overall: Do I Recommend?

Not if you don't have any clue about astrophysics like me. You'll end up feeling more clueless than before. You'll really have to study this one, it's not a light and entertaining read.

Additional Info

Published: November 7th 2014
Pages: 336
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Cover: W.W. Norton & Company, 2014.
Genre: Non-Fiction / Space
ISBN: 9780393351378

"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."
(Source: Goodreads)

Have you read any good non-fiction about space?

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Top 10 Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year | Top Ten Tuesday

My wish list on Amazon has now reached a ridiculous size. At this point, I have no hope of ever buying everything on there.
Here are the top ten books I hope to finally cross off my list and find under my christmas tree. Well, a girl can dream.

 10. THE CIRCLE - Matts Strandberg & Sara Bergmark Elfgren

My friend recommended this to me. Witches and lesbians. I mean, come on, I need to read this ASAP.

9. ALIENATED - Melissa Landers
I have no idea how many posts I have stating this as the next purchase (this time for sure!!!). It's about an alien exchange student coming to live with a human. I need this book.

8. REBOOT - Amy Tintera
People are getting revived, but they're NOT zombies. I need this,

I'm honestly so, so, so curious. I love the avengers and honestly, no matter which avenger this was about, I'd be excited regardless.

The illustrated one. No explanation needed.

Contemporary with lesbians. Yup. Another candidate that has been on my wish list for aaaaaaaaages.

4. ANOTHER DAY - David Levithan
The sequel to my favorite book. It's beyond me why I don't own this yet.

3. ILLUMINAE - Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Everyone got an ARC of this book at BEA and at this point I am so jealous, it's gettign painful. I need this.

2. INTERSTELLAR - Grey Keyes
The novelization of my favorite movie. Of course I need this.


I might be the last person to discover the brilliance of Rick Riordan (I haven't even finished the PJO series, shame on me!!), but when I found out about this series I almost fainted. I love love love love love Norse mythology and this book series is a dream come true.

What's the book you hope to find under your Christmas tree?

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.

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