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The Science of Interstellar Audiobook

The Science of Interstellar

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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 My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Kip Thorne (P)2015 Tantor

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    Babak Saberi 03-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "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 Dandridge, TN, USA 02-12-15
    R T Dandridge, TN, USA 02-12-15 Member Since 2008

    a long drive to work every day. I love to listen to Audible selections on my commute.

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    "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

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "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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    Chris 04-07-15
    Chris 04-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Mitrano 08-16-16
    T. Mitrano 08-16-16
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    "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.
    Aloha,
    Tom

    From: Audible.Com [mailto:aud-accountspecialists@audible.com]
    Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2016 9:57 AM
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 03-06-15
    Paul 03-06-15
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    "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....

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Great and powerful IDE 09-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a good listen for fans of science and the movie"

    Kip Thorne does a good job of telling the story of how Interstellar got made and the work that went into making the movie. he also does a good job of explaining how scientifically possible the different scenes in the movie are. It is very surprising how much time was put into making the movie scientifically accurate and as realistic as possible.

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    Off with their heads! 07-21-16
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    "Narrator is painful!"

    I absolutely love books on physics and our universe, but this author was so robotic he sucked the joy right out of listening and made it very difficult to finish.

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    James Matthew Taylor St. Louis, Missouri United States 06-13-16
    James Matthew Taylor St. Louis, Missouri United States 06-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderful work, but frustrating to listen to."

    The science described in this book is fascinating to learn about, but the book itself is very frustrating to listen to without access to the PDF companion that is constantly being referred to. Having purchased it from audible.com, I've tried many ways including online searches to gain access to this PDF. I am currently waiting to hear back from Tantor Media, to see if they will provide it.

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    BobbaKorsananda 06-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Audible is a DISSERVICE by not providing the PDF"
    Where does The Science of Interstellar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book is great. Not having the PDF, as Audible provides many PDFs, is SHOCKINGLY EVIL. They have completely avoided the material which is essential to reading the material. Audible should be ASHAMED, COMPLETELY ASHAMED.


    Any additional comments?

    GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER AND PUT OUT THE PDF.

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