Einstein's Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes

Einstein's Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes 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 Einstein s Monsters, 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 timeClear, 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

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  2. Daniel Daniel says:

    This is Black Hole 101 Most books about astronomy are very difficult to understand because they expect you to have a degree in physics Not this one I understand almost everything Impey is

  3. Megan Megan says:

    This book was wonderful It s always great to read something where you can tell the author truly enjoys what they do I have a very basic physics background, and knew pretty much nothing about

  4. William Schram William Schram says:

    Einstein s Monsters focuses on the most awesome objects in the universe, black holes Author Chris Impey dives deep into the history of our understanding of these fascinating celestial bodies.As w

  5. Reading Funk Reading Funk says:

    This is a phenomenal book by a master scientific writer Black holes are perhaps the most facinating piece of our universe Science , philosophy and reality itself boils at a blackhole I couldn t possi

  6. Shane Phillips Shane Phillips says:

    Too long

  7. Khai Khai says:

    A very informative and captivating read

  8. miscmarilyn miscmarilyn says:

    This isn t a book for science space beginners like me It will help if you have a general understanding of physics and science before you read this The author does use good analogies, references poetry, and inclu

  9. Christopher Christopher says:

    Its rare to find a died in the wool science practicioner who can talk about their field in such an accessible and informative way, but that s Imprey for you Fortunately, his field is the most interesting in all of p

  10. John John says:

    Phew To get a baseline of my ignorance, when news last month of the first images of a black hole, my first thought was, huh haven t there been pictures of black holes for decades Fortunately, I was drawn to Chris Impey

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