The Edge of Infinity: Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 4, 2003 - Science - 148 pages
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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).

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Pretty good, mostly non-technical account of supermassive black holes. Well-organized, and the Philippine wine dance is neat (read it to find out). Is that true what he said about the universe? Read full review


Weighing supermassive objects
The black hole spacetime
Formation of supermassive black holes
Relativistic ejection of plasma
Supermassive black holes in the universe

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Page 134 - Blandford, RD and Znajek. RL (1977). Electromagnetic extraction of energy from Kerr black holes.
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Fulvio Melia is Professor of Astronomy and Associate Head of Physics at the University of Arizona.

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