Einstein's Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes
“[A] skillfully told history of the quest to find black holes.” —Manjit Kumar, Financial Times
Black holes are the best-known and least-understood objects in the universe. In Einstein’s Monsters, distinguished astronomer Chris Impey takes readers on a vivid tour of these enigmatic giants. He weaves a fascinating tale out of the fiendishly complex math of black holes and the colorful history of their discovery. Impey blends this history with a poignant account of the phenomena scientists have witnessed while observing black holes: stars swarming like bees around the center of our galaxy; black holes performing gravitational waltzes with visible stars; the cymbal clash of two black holes colliding, releasing ripples in space time. Clear, compelling, and profound, Einstein’s Monsters reveals how our comprehension of black holes is intrinsically linked to how we make sense of the universe and our place within it.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fpagan - LibraryThing
An astronomer's account of the past and current state of the astronomy of black holes, both stellar-mass and supermassive. The story of how gravitational-wave detectors have been added to the panoply ... Read full review
Einstein's Monsters: The Life and Times of Black HolesUser Review - Publishers Weekly
Science writer and astrophysicist Impey (Beyond: Our Future in Space) gives an absorbing and lay-reader-friendly look at the intriguing dead stars called black holes. Impey begins in 1784 with the ... Read full review