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Stories by Kip S. Thorne

The Membrane Paradigm for Black Holes

How can one picture the interaction of a hole in spacetime with the matter and fields of its environment? It is fruitful to conceive of the black hole as an electrically conducting, spheroidal membrane

April 1, 1988 — Richard H. Price and Kip S. Thorne

The Search for Black Holes

Observations at the wavelengths of light, radio waves and X rays indicate that the X-ray source Cygnus X-1 is probably a black hole in orbit around a massive star

December 1, 1974 — Kip S. Thorne

Gravitational Collapse

Gravity, the weakest force known, may be the agent for crushing matter out of existence. This could happen after a star collapses to a critical size, whereupon gravity overwhelms all other forces

November 1, 1967 — Kip S. Thorne