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Prisons of Light: Black Holes [NOOK Book]

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What is a black hole? Could we survive a visit to one? Perhaps even venture inside? What would we find? Have we yet discovered any real black holes?





And what do ...

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Overview

What is a black hole? Could we survive a visit to one? Perhaps even venture inside? What would we find? Have we yet discovered any real black holes?





And what do black holes teach us about what physicist John Archibald Wheeler called “the deep, happy, mysteries of the universe”?





These are just a few of the tantalizing questions examined in this jargon-free review of one of the most fascinating topics in modern science. In search of the answers, we trace a star from its birth to its death throes, take a fabulous hypothetical journey to the border of a black hole and beyond, spend time with some of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and observational astronomers scanning the cosmos for evidence of real black holes, and take a whimsical look at some of the wild ideas black holes have inspired.



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Paper reprint of the 1996 cloth edition (49518-0). A generously illustrated guide for the layperson seeking understanding of the life cycle of a star, Newton's and Einstein's theories of gravity, the capture of light, tidal effects, the hazard of gravity waves, gravitational redshift, and theories about black holes. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448167241
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 1/31/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Kitty Ferguson is the author of Tycho and Kepler: The Unlikely Partnership that Forever Changed our Understanding of the Heavens, Measuring the Universe: The Historical Quest to Quantify Space, and the definitive Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work. She studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and was for many years a successful professional musician, conducting and performing oratorio, early music and chamber music. In 1986 she moved to England where her husband was a Visiting Fellow and later Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. During this and many subsequent periods of residence at Cambridge, Kitty Ferguson audited graduated lectures and seminars in the Department of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics and got to know some of the legendary figures in those fields, including Stephen Hawking. In 1987 she retired from music to devote herself full time to writing about science.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Prologue 1
1 A cosmic case of burnout 5
2 Matters of gravity: Newton and Einstein 19
3 The capture of light 35
4 Tripping the theoretical fantastic 47
5 Crossing the bar 67
6 Contemplating an enormous nothing 83
7 Evidence in the case 113
8 Hearts of darkness 137
9 The search goes on 159
10 Passages into the labyrinth 175
11 Black hole legends and far out ideas 187
Epilogue 201
Further reading 203
Index 207
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