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Einstein's monsters : the life and times of black holes /

Chris Impey.

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Author: Impey, Chris
Published: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Topics: Black holes (Astronomy) - Popular works. | Gravitation - Popular works. | SCIENCE / Astronomy. | SCIENCE / Cosmology. | SCIENCE / Physics / Relativity. | Astrophysics - Miscellanea. | Black holes (Astronomy) - Popular works. | Gravitation - Popular works.
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Physical Description: xix, 295 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-282) and index.
ISBN: 9781324000938 hardcover
1324000937 hardcover
Summary: "The astonishing science of black holes and their role in understanding the history and future of our universe. Black holes are the most extreme objects in the universe, and yet they are ubiquitous. Every massive star leaves behind a black hole when it dies, and every galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole at its center. Frighteningly enigmatic, these dark giants continue to astound even the scientists who spend their careers studying them. Which came first, the galaxy or its central black hole? What happens if you travel into one--instant death or something weirder? And, perhaps most important, how can we ever know anything for sure about black holes when they destroy information by their very nature? In [this book], distinguished astronomer Chris Impey takes readers on an exploration of these and other questions at the cutting edge of astrophysics, as well as the history of black holes' role in theoretical physics--from confirming Einstein's equations for general relativity to testing string theory. He blends this history with a poignant account of the phenomena scientists have witnessed while observing black holes: stars swarming like bees around the center of our galaxy; black holes performing gravitational waltzes with visible stars; the cymbal clash of two black holes colliding, releasing ripples in space-time. Clear, compelling, and profound, Einstein's Monsters reveals how our comprehension of black holes is intrinsically linked to how we make sense of the universe and our place within it. From the small questions to the big ones--from the tiniest particles to the nature of space-time itself--black holes might be the key to a deeper understanding of the cosmos."--Dust jacket.
Every massive star leaves behind a black hole when it dies, and every galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole at its center. Frighteningly enigmatic, these dark giants continue to astound even the scientists who spend their careers studying them. Impey takes readers on an exploration of the cutting edge of astrophysics, as well as the history of black holes' role in theoretical physics. From confirming Einstein's equations for general relativity to testing string theory, he reveals how our comprehension of black holes is intrinsically linked to how we make sense of the universe and our place within it. -- adapted from jacket
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More Details for: Einstein's monsters : the life and times