Black Holes in Space-Time

Black Holes in Space-Time

by Kitty Ferguson
     
 
An accessible introduction to current theories on black holes-collapsed stars in which gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. Topics include the life cycle of stars and what black holes have taught us about the origin and fate of the universe.

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An accessible introduction to current theories on black holes-collapsed stars in which gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. Topics include the life cycle of stars and what black holes have taught us about the origin and fate of the universe.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-- Everything readers always wanted to know about black holes, but were afraid they wouldn't understand: where they come from, how they fit into physics, what they are like, how to find them. Readers still may not feel comfortable with the counter-intuitive concepts involved in the study of matter packed so densely that nothing can escape its immediate vicinity, but this highly accurate, non-mathematical presentation may be their best chance for gaining a general understanding. The text is so tightly focused that a bit of general background on nuclear reactions and spectral analysis is helpful, although not imperative. Unfortunately, the pleasure of reading an error-free piece of popular scientific writing is alloyed with such peripheral nuisances as painfully small print in some of the boxed insets and the overuse of sentence fragments. The glossary of words appearing in bold type in the text adds little enlightenment. The list of sources notes which books are accessible to young adults. Nothing else currently available on this level offers so complete a description of the subject. However, Asimov's How Did We Find Out About Black Holes? (Walker, 1978) is useful for historical background, and many readers of Ferguson's book will want to go on to the wider view of the universe presented in A Brief History of Time (Bantam, 1988) by Stephen Hawking. --Margaret Chatham, formerly at Smithtown Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531125243
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/1991
Series:
Venture Bks.
Pages:
112
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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