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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Kip Thorne (P)2015 Tantor

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Cela explique le comment

Le livre apporte de bonne clarifications sur certaines phénomène dont parle le film, certains défiaient simplement la connaissance et le background scientifique. Ainsi le livre permet de faire la différence, entre ce qui a été dramatisé pour le cinéma, et comment d'autres sont une pure vérité scientifique ... connu jusqu’à maintenant.
Certains concept sont assez complexe et nécessiterons d'un bon lecteur passionnée d'aller chercher et en apprendre d'avantage.
Le film en soit est un bon film mais le livre le rendre encore plus intéressant et nous donne une bonne idée de sa construction d'un point de vue scientifique. #Audible1

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If you get passed the constant name-dropping and lack of images ....

This book was very in depth and technical for a person who is not a physicist. I had a difficult time understanding some of the physics and equations and had to listen to those parts a few times over before grasping them.

Also! And this is the fault of the audiobook, the companion pdf didn’t include all pictures or diagrams that the author refers to. He often refers to images from the movie but they are not in the accompanying pdf! When I found excerpts of the printed book they are in there! Since the printed book is quite visual I would have expected the accompanying pdf to also include the same images. I was quite disappointed with that.

The narrator was pretty good and did the best he possibly could, given this was a difficult book to follow easily.

On a side note: I found the author liked to toot his own horn quite a bit which is understandable since he did discover many of the scientific themes used in the movie. He also really likes to name-drop but I guess if Stephen Hawking was my best friend I’d do the same!

I finished the book and was left wanting more! Some of the more difficult things he could have repeated or reiterated to help highlight them better. But he also really got my mental juices flowing. Unfortunately I also had to resort to google often throughout listening as I didn’t fully understand his explanations of some concepts.

I would say to definitely give it a try!! Once you understand the science it’s fascinating :)

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Insightful look into a great film

I enjoyed the breakdown of various astrophysical and scientific concepts in the movie. Learning more about what was based on scientific truths, speculation, educated guesses, and where some creative liberties were taken for the sake of storytelling, I gained a deeper appreciation for the film and how much background work went into it.

However, I was not aware that this audiobook had an accompanying .pdf companion that is referenced often, so trying to visualize concepts discussed in the book were difficult without the visual aids.

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  • Babak Saberi
  • 2015-03-19

Book is awesome, Audible is no help with the PDF

As others have mentioned, the PDF companion is referred to throughout the book and is a must have, but Audible doesn't have it posted and when I contacted their support they were less than helpful. Their answer is simply that "we don't have it". BUT there is a silver lining, you can get it by emailing "customerservice@tantor.com", which begs the question why doesn't Audible simply do that and post it instead of giving their customers the runaround? Instead of me having to do a google search to find another source.

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  • R T
  • 2015-02-12

The movie is based on Science fact

What did you love best about The Science of Interstellar?

Even without having a background in science, when I watched Interstellar, based on what little I know, I knew that they were trying to keep it scientifically plausible, even the many of the things we are not able to do yet, and may not know as 100% truth yet. The thing that I loved about this book is that I was able to know what parts of the movie were actually "science fact," and there was actually more of that than I thought there would be.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Science of Interstellar?

Learning that not only speed and movement slow down time, but also that gravity slows down time was something that I did not know. The explanation of how gravity works has bugged me since I was a kid, learning about Newton's falling apple, and then I was just confused by Einstein's theories.

Which scene was your favorite?

Talking about the genius of Einstein and how his theories couldn't even be tested when he came out with those theories, but they were RIGHT. They have been tested, and it is really a unique universe that we live in, that has attributes that we never really imagined, but the movie tries to convey.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's all based on real science!

Any additional comments?

It's important to download the pdf file to get a good understanding of what the author is talking about. I couldn't download it, but sent an email to customerservice@tantor.com and they sent it to me by email. I listened again after getting the pdf, and the concepts were that much easier to understand

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  • ThomasJM
  • 2016-08-16

Audible has now posted the PDF at the library

Audible has now posted the accompanying PDF at the Home for the book. I complained, they corrected the mistake. Great customer service, Audible.
Excellent customer service, Josh. There was a mistake, it was reported, and the mistake was corrected. See below. Thank you.
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Hello Thomas,

My name is Josh from the Audible support team.

You recently contacted us regarding the missing PDF for the book "The Science of Interstellar".

It's my pleasure to inform you that the PDF is now available from the library page in your account.

You will be able to find the accompanying material "PDF" link underneath the book title The Science of Interstellar in the "Library" section of the website. Please click on the following link to access the "Library" section:

http://www.audible.com/lib

Once you click on the "PDF" you will be prompted to save the accompanying material on your computer..

I hope you have a great day!

Sincerely,
Josh V

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-02-19

read after you watch the movie

I read this first, then listened to it. I loved it. I wish he explained the bootstrap paradox, but he didn't.

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  • Umesh
  • 2016-02-18

Phenomenal.

Interstellar if my absolute favorite movie of all time. This book painstakingly went over every bit of science in the movie and then some. It may seem a bit daunting at first, but as long as you download the pdf companion (trust me you need it), the science all comes together. Fyi- I "listened" to this book.
Thank you Kip Thorne for all you did to make this movie and book happen.

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  • Chris
  • 2015-04-07

Very enjoyable for a science nerd

This was a great book for anyone who watches sci-fi movies and asks themselves "can and how would that really work"

The book doesn't pull any punches when it gets down to some of the more bizarre aspects of relativity and quantum gravity, but he does a great job of explaining the basics in a way that non - physicists can rasp.

The PDF companion is a must have, as the book references it frequently. It appears that audible and Tantor have fixed the distribution problem. there are simple instructions and a password included for accessing the companion at the start of the book.

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  • ANITA PETERSON
  • 2019-04-25

PDF

Great book, Kip Thorne did an excellent job, but beware the audiobook didn’t come w the pdf for his theories explained on paper. This would have helped tremendously

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  • Paul
  • 2015-03-06

DO BUY THIS BOOK - YOU CAN GET THE PDF! See below

Where does The Science of Interstellar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Topnotch and the very best.

What other book might you compare The Science of Interstellar to and why?

Better than Contact even

Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes indeed!

Any additional comments?

Not only an excellent book and well written for both the armchair scientist and professional astrophysicist alike (can speak from both sides). As for obtaining the printable PDF that comes with the audio book - just call Tantor 877.782.6867 select customer service and tell them your dilemma and they will quickly email you the pdf. Pretty easy solution - all you have to do is follow the narrator's suggestions that if it does not work, contact Tantor....

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  • Zach Brunson
  • 2020-08-23

Fantastic book. Great for science enthusiasts

Fantastic book and recording. Great for science enthusiasts, STEM majors, and even high school kids interested in a STEM future.

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  • Stephanie Romer
  • 2020-03-03

Extremely interesting and helpful!

I didn’t know any of the story behind how Kip Thorne was involved, it was really interesting.

Interstellar is my favorite movie of all time and space too. Ha. It was a giant synchronicity that it directly reflects the concepts in my book. The Textbook of the Universe the Genetic Ascent to God. In my book, I show how the universe works like this movie. Therefore it was learning about their interpretation of that message also that would make the book interesting to anyone. Meaning of life stuff.