The Science of Interstellar

  • by Kip Thorne
  • Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
  • 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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 "", 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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- Babak Saberi

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 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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio