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The Little Book of Black Holes

The Little Book of Black Holes (EPUB ebook)

By Gubser, Steven S.
By Pretorius, Frans

Dive into a mind-bending exploration of the physics of black holesBlack holes, predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity more than a century ago, have long intrigued scientists and the public with their bizarre and fantastical properties. Although Einstein under...stood that black holes were mathematical solutions to his equations, he never accepted their physical reality-a viewpoint many shared. This all changed in the 1960s and 1970s, when a deeper conceptual understanding of black holes developed just as new observations revealed the existence of quasars and X-ray binary star systems, whose mysterious properties could be explained by the presence of black holes. Black holes have since been the subject of intense research-and the physics governing how they behave and affect their surroundings is stranger and more mind-bending than any fiction.After introducing the basics of the special and general theories of relativity, this book describes black holes both as astrophysical objects and theoretical "laboratories" in which physicists can test their understanding of gravitational, quantum, and thermal physics. From Schwarzschild black holes to rotating and colliding black holes, and from gravitational radiation to Hawking radiation and information loss, Steven Gubser and Frans Pretorius use creative thought experiments and analogies to explain their subject accessibly. They also describe the decades-long quest to observe the universe in gravitational waves, which recently resulted in the LIGO observatories' detection of the distinctive gravitational wave "chirp" of two colliding black holes-the first direct observation of black holes' existence.The Little Book of Black Holes takes readers deep into the mysterious heart of the subject, offering rare clarity of insight into the physics that makes black holes simple yet destructive manifestations of geometric destiny.
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ISBN 9781400888290
Published 25 Sep 2017
Publisher Princeton University Pre
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en
Series Science Essentials (part: 29)

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ISBN-13 9781400888290
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Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 25 Sep 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Gubser, Steven S.
By Pretorius, Frans
Series Science Essentials (part: 29)
Category Science: General Issues
Popular Science
Astronomy, Space & Time
Cosmology & The Universe
Galaxies, Clusters, Intergalactic Matter
Classical Mechanics (Physics)
Relativity Physics
General Relativity Physics
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 523.8875
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade