Black Holes / Edition 1

Black Holes / Edition 1

by Jean-Pierre Luminet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521409063

ISBN-13: 9780521409063

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Black holes are the most fascinating discovery of modern astronomy. They have already become legendary, and form the basis of many myths and fantasies. Are they really the monsters of science fiction which devour light and stars? Are they purely hypothetical objects from the theory of relativity or are they an observable reality? In answering these questions, the…  See more details below

Overview

Black holes are the most fascinating discovery of modern astronomy. They have already become legendary, and form the basis of many myths and fantasies. Are they really the monsters of science fiction which devour light and stars? Are they purely hypothetical objects from the theory of relativity or are they an observable reality? In answering these questions, the author takes us on a fabulous voyage through space and time. He explains how stars are born, light up and die. He takes us into the strange world of supernovae, X-ray stars and quasars. We travel on a journey to the very edge of the Universe and to the limits of contemporary physics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521409063
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the French edition
Foreword to the English edition
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1Gravitation and Light1
1First fruits3
2Relativity15
3Curved space-time32
Pt. 2Exquisite Corpses59
4Chronicle of the twilight years61
5Ashes and diamonds68
6Supernovae80
7Pulsars97
8Gravitation triumphant114
Pt. 3Light Assassinated117
9The far horizon119
10Illuminations137
11A descent into the maelstrom147
12Map games160
13The black hole machine193
14The quantum black hole205
Pt. 4Light Regained217
15Primordial black holes219
16The zoo of X-ray stars230
17Giant black holes256
18Gravitational light289
19The black hole Universe296
Appendix 1: The Hertzsprung-Russell diagram301
Appendix 2: The mass-density diagram of astronomical objects and the endpoints of stellar evolution303
Bibliography307
Name index308
Subject index310

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