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Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe

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But the things that I did understand were quite fascinating, although my brain slid off a few pages that looked like this and gave me a flashback to a college physics textbook that may have caused a few nightmares a couple of decades ago. A black hole in Einstein's theory is just a distortion in the fabric of space-time where even light itself cannot escape. This is why, the authors argue at the end of the book, "it is vital that we continue to support the most esoteric scientific endeavours", because no one could have predicted that we would find such links in studying black holes (pg.

This results in a paradox of essentially creating two copies of the same object / person: one spaghettified, one vaporized.We say that nothing can come out of a black hole and yet, Stephen Hawking is famous for his Hawking radiation, which does come out of a black hole. Not that I want to throw your book into a black hole, but what would happen to it and the information that it contains if I tossed it in? All of this disregards entirely that I am already sort of tied up with a pseudo-career in a different scientific discipline and do not relish the thought of attending university again. He is the author of Why Does E=MC² and is well known as presenter of the television series Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe.

Black holes lie where the most massive stars used to shine and at the edge of our current understanding. Highly recommended for educated readers who can kepe up with a little hard science that hasn't been overly diluted for general consumption.A book, well, written, has the majestic power of making the reader feel much smarter than they are; bigger than they are yet at the same time, infinitely small and insignificant. The more the authors enlightened me about Black Holes, the denser my brain became until I eventually passed through the Event Horizon (my ability to read further) which resulted in a Singularity. Just um, brush up on your Penrose diagrams before you jump in (or hover for eternity at the horizon, depending on who you ask).

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