A huge amount of energy is stored in the spin of a black hole

Mercer Street (I Sort Of Feel Intuitively What’s Going On In The Earth) ©MAIERMOUL
Mercer Street (I Sort Of Feel Intuitively What’s Going On In The Earth) ©MAIERMOUL

When I was a child I wanted to be a snow plow driver because in Logan the snow drifts 7 or 8 feet high, and for a child it’s fabulous to be able to push those around.

When I look at everyday life, at traffic patterns, I always have in mind the underlying physics. It’s part of me. When I feel the wind pass by me, I can sort of see in my head the boundary layers in my skin that are the interface with the passing wind. When there’s an earthquake, I sort of feel intuitively what’s going on in the Earth, and the time delays between the surface waves and the waves that go through the bulk of the Earth. The underlying physics is just part of my makeup.

A huge amount of energy is stored in the spin of a black hole. We know how nature extracts that energy in jets that are some of the most violent and beautiful things that we see in the universe. Perhaps, in the far distant future, humans will tap that energy through colonies that are built around black holes.

The universe appears to be really weird, but it’s understandable. And the beauty is in the understanding. It’s in taking something that seems completely bizarre, in coming to understand it, so it all makes sense. And it all falls into place in a beautiful pattern.

– Kip Thorne, physicist, executive producer of Interstellar, emeritus Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology, interview Wall Streeet Journal