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Bartusiak shows how the black hole helped revive Einstein’s greatest achievement, the general theory of relativity, after decades of languishing in obscurity. Not until astronomers discovered such surprising new phenomena 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. Black Hole explains how Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and other leading thinkers completely changed the way we see the universe. Black Hole PDF
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Marcia Bartusiak is Professor of the Practice, Graduate Program in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the award-winning author of several previous books, including The Day We Found the Universe. She lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts.
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- Identification Number : B00VEHAFTY
- Publisher : Yale University Press (April 28, 2015)
- Publication date : April 28, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 4979 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 252 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,666 in Kindle Store
Ashutosh S. Jogalekar
A good overview of the history and science of black holes
April 4, 2015
Black holes are unusual objects. They are now recognized as some of the most important cosmic laboratories for studying all kinds of physics phenomena, from general relativity to quantum mechanics. And yet as science writer Marcia Bartusiak describes in this book, their road to success has been paved with a lack of interest from their own pioneers and many haphazard detours.
Bartusiak traces the conception of the idea of black holes to a Cambridge don named Joh Mitchell who asked whether an object could be so dense that even light would not escape its gravitational pull. This idea lay buried in the scientific literature until the early 20th century when astronomers began asking questions about the constitution of stars. It was a young Indian astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar who first thought about gravitational collapse on his way to graduate school in England. Bartusiak describes well Chandrasekhar’s battles with the old English establishment of astronomers in getting his ideas accepted. He was so frustrated in his endeavors that he switched to studying other topics before he finally got the Nobel Prize for his work decades later.
The next actors on the stage were the volatile Fritz Zwicky and the brilliant Lev Landau and Robert Oppenheimer. Landaa and Zwicky laid out the first contours of what’s called a neutron star while Oppenheimer was really the first scientist who asked what happens when a star completely collapses to a point, what was later called a singularity. Interestingly both Oppenheimer and Einstein – whose general theory relativity shines in all its glory in black holes – either refused to accept their reality or showed a complete lack of interest in them in their later years. After his pioneering work Oppenheimer never even entertained the subject. The story of black holes is a good instance of scientific revolutionaries turning conservative.
As Bartusiak narrates, it fell to a young breed of brilliant scientists led by John Wheeler in the US, Dennis Sciama in the UK and Yakov Zeldovich in the USSR to work out the details of black hole astrophysics. They in turn inspired a whole generation of students like Kip Thorne, Roger Penrose and Stephen Hawking who contributed to the discipline. Bartusiak’s book also has a readable account of the experimental discoveries in x-ray and radio astronomy which turned black holes from speculation to reality. As the book makes it clear, the importance of observational astronomy and developments in electronics in the discovery of these wondrous objects cannot be underestimated.
The book ends with a brief description of Hawking’s work on black holes that led to the proposal of so-called Hawking radiation, energetic radiation engendered by the principles of quantum mechanics that can allow particles to escape from a black hole’s surface. I was disappointed that Bartusiak does not pay more attention to this exciting frontier, especially regarding the meld of ideas from information theory and computer science with thermodynamics and quantum mechanics that has been published in the last few years. Overall Bartusiak’s volume is a good introduction to the history and physics of black holes. My only concern is that it covers very little information that has not been already documented by other books. Kip Thorne’s “Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy” remains the standard reference in the field and covers all these discoveries and more much more comprehensively and engagingly, while Pedro Ferreira’s “The Perfect Theory” which came out this year treads the same ground of experimental discoveries. This is not a bad book at all but it came out slightly late: if you really want to read one book on black holes I think it should be Thorne’s.
William D. Fusfield
Very Good Read, but neglects all of the fascinating recent controversies.
July 9, 2015
Like most of Marcia Bartusaiak’s books on Astronomy etc. this work is vwey well written and a pleasure to read. I give it only four stars, however, since it doesn’t treat the most interesting part of the story, namely the recent period after the discovery that black holes really and truly exist. Here the work of Stephen Hawikng and the subsequent presentation of various different models of what black holes might actually do, for example the current controversy over whdther they have “fire walls” around them, is central. Maybe she is saving that material for a sequel?? I hope so!!
Excellent and Easily Readable Book – Highly Recommended!
June 16, 2015
Fascinating look at the history of the theoretical understanding and astronomical identification of “black holes”. For readers who don’t know what a black hole is, the book defines this without the mathematical theory that may make it difficult to understand for some readers. In fact, there is NO mathematical requirements to understand this book.
The book does an excellent of describing Newton’s laws, special relativity and general relativity (Einstein), and some of the follow up concepts, e.g. Schwarzschild singularity (won’t get into defining this and other concepts in this book – read the book!), and Oppenheimer’s unusual finding. And, the description is very readable and understandable.
This is an excellent book for anyone with just a casual interest in the concept of a black hole and the theories and discoveries clearly identifying that these exist.
How we learned black holes are rea.
September 30, 2021
From Newton’s Principia to observation of gravitational waves with LIGO, this little book tells the history of our understanding of black holes peppered with word sketches of many of the people who figured it out. I’ve read many popular science books and this is one of the best.
Roberta G.Top Contributor: Nail Polish
She loves it!
July 2, 2016
I bought this book as a gift for my 92 year-old mother who has a love affair with the Hubble Telescope. She is fascinated by Black Holes and space in general. She loves the stories about the pioneers in space study and can follow most of the scientific descriptions even though she doesn’t have a strong academic background. I compared this to a lot of other books and chose this one specifically because it seems to be written with the average person in mind.
Fun history of science
March 19, 2022
Fun for nerds. It is as especially good to be reminded of how recently we knew absolutely nothing about white dwarf stars, neutron stars and many other objects that we now take for granted.
A beautifully written and engaging book
November 12, 2015
A beautifully written and engaging book. It takes you down the path of not only what happened, but also who did it and why it happened. We too often think of the scientists as just the still, black and white pictures in text books and forget that they were people with personalities. Some very stern, others pranksters, but all brilliant and struggling to find the answers that we, sometimes, take for granted as being self evident and no need to take a closer look. Plato and Aristotle were “right” until Galileo and Newton showed that they weren’t completely right. Newton was “right” until Einstein showed Newton wasn’t completely right. Who will come along and show that Einstein wasn’t completely right, or Hawking, or any of the other scientists of today?
Guy P. Pfeffermann
A joy to read
July 29, 2015
The author not only has a masterful command of the subject-matter, she writes in a wonderfully captivating and entertaining way, stringing a story of momentous scientific advance with beads of individual scientists, their aspirations, their foibles. At times very funny, it is a joy to read. I am not scientifically or mathematically adept (to put it mildly), and really had the illusion, while reading the story, that I understood something of the subject matter. I shall never look at the sky as i did before.
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