THE SCIENCE OF INTERSTELLAR
Title: The Science of Interstellar
Author: Kip S. Thorne
Genre: Non Fiction
Publisher: W.W Norton and company
Release Date: November 7, 2014
If you truly want to understand this book then you should watch the movie Interstellar. This book is about mankind’s future and the options we face.
The world is falling apart, humans have coped with their sudden tragedy by shutting down technology, life is still tolerable and in some ways pleasant, humans hope the blight will go each passing year but it seems to get worse.
Brand, a scientist discovers that the world might end in coopers grandchildren’s generation (cooper is a former astronaut). The only hope is to start dreaming again, to get back on the Science Bandwagon. We are explorers, we are adventurers. Humanity is not meant to give up like this.
Brand discovers a new planet that humans can live in but the problem is that it will take 11.9 light years to get to the planet that is if you are travelling with the speed of light. Imagine if you are travelling at 300 kilometers per second, it will take approximately 13,000 years to get there so what are the chances. The earth would have probably been wiped out before people even get there.
Brand discovers a wormhole in Saturn that can take humans to the new planet. The chances are really slim here. The wormhole is a miracle maybe the Gods are working for our favour. A wormhole is a theoretical passage through space-time that could create shortcuts for long journeys across the universe. Wormholes are predicted by the theory of general relativity. But be wary: wormholes bring with them the dangers of sudden collapse, high radiation and dangerous contact with exotic matter.
The wormhole are strategically placed such that they are not too near to rip earth apart, but not so far that we don’t notice it, or we will have to spend too much time reaching it. And it takes us to a place with multiple earth-like planets.
Cooper and his team travel in search of a better planet for humans through the wormhole.
As an article puts it:
At first glance, Interstellar does seem to have a green message, warning that climate change could make the world uninhabitable for humans (and, presumably, other species). Yet there’s an odd twist. The tag line for the film is, “The end of the Earth will not be the end of us.” And the lead scientist, played by Michael Caine (no longer Alfred the Butler), says at one point: “We are not meant to save the world. We are meant to leave it.” In other words, if humans do trash the planet, don’t worry, some super-smart folks will help us make a nice get-away somewhere else in this swell and expanding universe.
The science of Interstellar lies in all four domains: Newtonian, relativistic, quantum, and quantum gravity. Correspondingly, some of the science is known to be true, some is an educated guess, and some is speculation.
I tried to make the review very explanatory for my friends that are not science inclined. With the high rate of pollution on earth, I hope we don’t get to the point where the earth will no longer be habitable for us. What do you think about this book? Let me know in the comment section.