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Black Holes

Black Holes

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  • Date Published: August 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521409063

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About the Authors
  • Dr. Jean-Pierre Luminet makes the subject of black holes accessible to any interested reader, who will need no mathematical background. The reader of this book will feel that the developments in modern astrophysics are as fascinating to discover and digest as the most fantastic science fiction novels. While answering such questions, the author takes us on a fabulous journey through space and time. We travel into the realms of supernovae, X-ray stars and quasars--a journey to the very edge of the universe and to the limits of contemporary physics.

    • Are black holes really the bottomless celestial pits into which all matter is sucked and crushed?
    • Are they an observable reality or just a hypothetical product of the theory of relativity?
    • This book uncovers one of the most fascinating discoveries of modern astronomy
    • Discover one of the most daring intellectual feats of modern times
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is an outstanding work of scientific exposition that can be recommended as a manifestation of the dictum that common sense often leads to surprises and the modest goal of science is simply to make such surprises just a little less frequent." John D. Barrow, Nature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521409063
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 71 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword to the French edition
    Foreword to the English edition
    Part I. Gravitation and Light:
    1. First fruits
    2. Relativity
    3. Curved space-time
    Part II. Exquisite Corpses:
    4. Chronicle of the twilight years
    5. Ashes and diamonds
    6. Supernovae
    7. Pulsars
    8. Gravitation triumphant
    Part III. Light Assassinated:
    9. The far horizon
    10. Illuminations
    11. A descent into the maelstrom
    12. Map games
    13. The black hole machine
    14. The quantum black hole
    Part IV. Light Regained:
    15. Primordial black holes
    16. The zoo of X-ray stars
    17. Giant black holes
    18. Gravitational light
    19. The black hole Universe
    Name index
    Subject index.

  • Editor

    Jean-Pierre Luminet, Observatoire de Paris, Meudon

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