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

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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 cent ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by W. W. Norton Company
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Randy Yes, but you'll not understand everything (which is more than fine), still you'll learn a lot, the stories about of many characters are very…moreYes, but you'll not understand everything (which is more than fine), still you'll learn a lot, the stories about of many characters are very interesting, such as Joseph Weber. Weber was covered in another interesting book, Ripples in Spacetime by Govert Shilling. That book is less technical and well written.(less)
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William Schram
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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 we all know, a black hole is the final evolution of a star with a certain level of mass. Our own local star, the Sun, will never become a black hole. It just doesn’t have enough mass to do so. Stars are nuclear fusion ‘engines,’ they convert the mass of the star into radiation capable of balancing out th
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Christopher
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 physics, the study of black holes.

Unlike so very many of the astronomy and physics books that are made today, this one is not 2/3 a history of scientists slowly building their knowledge until a final and rushed 1/3 of recent discoveries, but rather a well paced back and forth of conc
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Blaine Morrow
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Impey explores the most mysterious "monsters" predicted in Einstein's general relativity theory, giving experimental, observational, and theoretical details. Readers will be amazed, perhaps bewildered, and left wondering how the universe (or multiverses) came to be.
Randy
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's more technical than other books of this type, but still it's well written.
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Interesting read on forces, gravitational and relativity theory, black holes, physicists, astronomy, advances in telecopy but portions of the book was a tough read for me.
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Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor in the Astronomy Department and Associate Dean in the College of Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has written popular articles on astronomy and is the author of a number of popular science books. The Living Cosmos is a tour of the search for life in the universe, and the pair of books How It Ends and How It Began cover the origi ...more