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  • 5 b/w illus. 39 colour illus.
  • Page extent: 158 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.484 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 523.8/875
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: QB843.B55 M455 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Black holes (Astronomy)

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521814058 | ISBN-10: 0521814057)

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This timely book is suitable for the general reader wishing to find answers to some of the intriguing questions now being asked about black holes. Although once recognized as the most destructive force in nature, following a cascade of astonishing discoveries, the opinion of supermassive black holes has undergone a dramatic shift. Astronomers are discovering that these objects may have been critical to the formation of structure in the early universe, spawning bursts of star formation, planets, and even life itself. Fulvio Melia is Associate Head of Physics and Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. He is author of Electrodynamics (University of Chicago, 2001), and a forthcoming title, The Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy (Princeton).


Preface; 1. The most powerful objects in the universe; 2. Weighing supermassive objects; 3. The black hole spacetime; 4. Formation of supermassive black holes; 5. Relativistic ejection of plasma; 6. Supermassive black holes in the universe.

Prize Winner

"Year's best astronomy books" in the 2005 annual special issue of Astronomy


"Th[is] book is a quick read and a welcome addition to any black hole aficionado's bookshelf. Highly recommended." Choice

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