ISBN-10:
030021085X
ISBN-13:
9780300210859
Pub. Date:
04/28/2015
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled On by Hawking Became Loved

Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled On by Hawking Became Loved

by Marcia Bartusiak
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ISBN-13: 9780300210859
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 912,396
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Marcia Bartusiak is Professor of the Practice, Graduate Program in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the award-winning author of five previous books, including most recently The Day We Found the Universe. She lives in Sudbury, MA.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 It Is Therefore Possible That the Largest Luminous Bodies in the Universe May Be Invisible 1

2 Newton, Forgive Me 16

3 One Would Then Find Oneself… in a Geometrical Fairyland 35

4 There Should Be a Law of Nature to Prevent a Star from Behaving in This Absurd Way! 44

5 I'll Show Those Bastards 60

6 Only Its Gravitational Field Persists 70

7 I Could Not Have Picked a More Exciting Time in Which to Become a Physicist 87

8 It Was the Weirdest Spectrum I'd Ever Seen 110

9 Why Don't You Call It a Black Hole? 122

10 Medieval Torture Rack 142

11 Whereas Stephen Hawking Has Such a Large Investment in General Relativity and Black Holes and Desires an Insurance Policy 148

12 Black Holes Ain't So Black 163

Epilogue 175

Timeline 183

Notes 189

Bibliography 209

Acknowledgments 224

Index 227

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