The Resource Einstein's monsters : the life and times of black holes, Chris Impey

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

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Einstein's monsters : the life and times of black holes
Title
Einstein's monsters
Title remainder
the life and times of black holes
Statement of responsibility
Chris Impey
Title variation
Life and times of black holes
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
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
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Impey, Chris
Dewey number
523.8/875
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QB843.B55
LC item number
I47 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Black holes (Astronomy)
  • Gravitation
  • Black holes (Astronomy)
  • Gravitation
Label
Einstein's monsters : the life and times of black holes, Chris Impey
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part A: Evidence for black holes, large and small. The heart of darkness ; Black holes from star death ; Supermassive black holes ; Gravitational engines -- Part B: 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
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 295 pages
Isbn
9781324000938
Lccn
2018019192
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1035798779
  • 1721371
  • (OCoLC)on1035798779
Label
Einstein's monsters : the life and times of black holes, Chris Impey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part A: Evidence for black holes, large and small. The heart of darkness ; Black holes from star death ; Supermassive black holes ; Gravitational engines -- Part B: 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
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 295 pages
Isbn
9781324000938
Lccn
2018019192
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1035798779
  • 1721371
  • (OCoLC)on1035798779

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