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- DescriptionThe contentious history of the idea of the black hole-the most fascinating and bizarre celestial object in the heavens For more than half a century, physicists and astromers engaged in heated dispute over the possibility of black holes in the universe. The weirdly alien tion of a space-time abyss from which thing escapes-t even light-seemed to confound all logic. This engrossing book tells the story of the fierce black hole debates and the contributions of Einstein and Hawking and other leading thinkers who completely altered our view of the universe. Rewned science writer Marcia Bartusiak shows how the black hole helped revive Einstein's greatest achievement, the general theory of relativity, after decades during which it had been pushed into the shadows. Not until astromers discovered such surprising new phemena as neutron stars and black holes did the once-sedate universe transform into an Einsteinian cosmos, filled with sources of titanic energy that can be understood only in the light of relativity. This book celebrates the hundredth anniversary of general relativity, uncovers how the black hole really got its name, and recounts the scientists' frustrating, exhilarating, and at times humorous battles over the acceptance of one of history's most dazzling ideas.
- Author BiographyMarcia 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.
- Author(s)Marcia Bartusiak
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication19/05/2015
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Content Note27 b-w illus.
- Weight417 g
- Width139 mm
- Height209 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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