archive: Re: SETI Contact

Re: SETI Contact

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Tue, 29 Dec 1998 13:02:55 -0500

This also sounds like Kip Thorne's (with Stephen Hawking) book,
Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy (1995):

http://members.aol.com/drphysics/readings.html

http://www.cco.caltech.edu/~kip/

Larry

At 10:45 AM 12/29/1998, R.J. Fear wrote:
>Paul,
>
>I would have to dig back through the stack to find out who's book it was.
>I think it was a text on quantum or hyperspacial mechanics. I took notes
>stating that Kip had worked out the E-M levels required to warp space in a
>limited area and had applied them to the theoretical problem posed by Carl
>Sagan for the movie. It discussed how much fun it was for Kip (the book
>was slanted more toward the general public and less to technical types) but
>didn't go into technical details.
>
>I'll take a look at Larry's book. Thanks for the lead.
>
>R.J.
>
>
>At 10:26 AM 12/29/98 -0500, Dr. H. Paul Shuch wrote:
>>At 09:28 AM 12/29/98, R.J. Fear wrote:
>>
>>>I understand from some recent reading that the "machine" used for travel in
>>>the movie Contact was derived from some theoretical designs developed by
>>>Kip Thorn at Cal Tech. Does anyone happen to know if the original designs
>>>or notes still exist?
>>
>>My understanding was that it was wormholes, not the "machine," which were
>>based upon Kip's theoretical work. I seem to recall some details in Larry
>>Kraus' book "The Physics of Star Trek."
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