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

Impey, Chris, author. (Author).
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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library 523.8875 IMP (Text) 33500012817276 New Available -
Godel Memorial-Warren Library 523.8875 IMP (Text) 35500006114043 Main Checked out 05/13/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781324000938
  • ISBN: 1324000937
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company Ltd., [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Evidence for black holes, large and small. The heart of darkness -- Black holes from star death -- Supermassive black holes -- Gravitational engines -- Black holes, past, present, and future. The lives of black holes -- Black holes as tests of gravity -- Seeing with gravity eyes -- The fate of black holes.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 October #2
    *Starred Review* Astronomer Impey (Beyond: Our Future in Space?, 2015) surveys the research into black holes. Mathematically allowed by Einstein's theory of general relativity, the idea of a point of infinite density within space-time so curved that light cannot escape wasn't accepted by most astrophysicists until the 1960s, when John Wheeler coined the catchy phrase, black hole. Skeptical and empirical, the scientists required proof, and Impey recounts various observations of electromagnetic radiation that piqued curiosity; indeed, radio astronomy found something big and energetic at the center of our Milky Way galaxy as early as the 1930s. As detection technology improved, studies of cosmic sources of X-rays, gamma rays, and gravity waves (a discovery touted in Janna Levin's Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space?, 2016) have dispelled all scientific doubt that black holes are actual objects. Black hole research is now entering a realm of description (that Milky Way radio beacon is a black hole four-million times the mass of the Sun) and of cosmic prediction. Replete with explanatory diagrams, visualizations of black holes, and lively accounts of scientific personalities, Impey's book will wow the general-interest science audience. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Black holes (Astronomy) > Popular works.
Gravitation > Popular works.
Black holes (Astronomy)
Genre: Popular works.

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