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Gravity's Fatal Attraction: Black Holes in the Universe

Gravity's Fatal Attraction: Black Holes in the Universe [Kindle Edition]

Mitchell Begelman , Martin Rees
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'For years, black holes have caught the public's imagination - quite rightly so, for they are extraordinary objects. Now Martin Rees and Mitchell Begelman have provided us with a dramatic, elegant, and fully authoritative account of these remarkable structures, and of how they fit into our modern picture of the universe.' - Roger Penrose

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Richly illustrated with the images from observatories on the ground and in space, and computer simulations, this book shows how black holes were discovered, and discusses our current understanding of their role in cosmic evolution. This second edition covers new discoveries made in the past decade, including definitive proof of a black hole at the center of the Milky Way, evidence that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating, and the new appreciation of the connection between black holes and galaxy formation. There are entirely new chapters on gamma-ray bursts and cosmic feedback. Begelman and Rees blend theoretical arguments with observational results to demonstrate how both approaches contributed to this subject. Clear illustrations and photographs reveal the strange and amazing workings of our universe. The engaging style makes this book suitable for introductory undergraduate courses, amateur astronomers, and all readers interested in astronomy and physics.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 25873 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (20 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L4CPG7K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #390,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gravity's Fatal attraction 2nd edition 17 Sep 2012
By james
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very well detailed and understandable book to read, lots of technical information for the would be scientist,well written and the detail of each subject clearly shown, from start to finish.
All in all a great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please create an audio adaptation ... 1 Jun 1999
By A Customer
To the publisher I would appreciate it if the publisher could produce an audio adaptation of this book. I would love to listen to this while I drive to work and to let my 16 month old son listen to it as a bedtime story. Arnold D Veness
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 15 Oct 2002
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I have a technical degree, and I have also read very many popular science books. This is without a doubt one of best. It does not shy away from including most of more technical aspects of astrophysics and yet at the same time it explains them clearly and with beautiful illustrations. If your interested in the math this book is obviously not for you, but if want to understand the physics behind the math then grab this book as fast as you can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book about a rather opaque topic 13 July 1999
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I do not hesitate to give this one five stars. This book is worth every cent and more that I paid for it; I am reading it for the third time. I have never run across a book on this subject that covers as much ground as this one does with explanations that are as lucid. I have recommended it to many, and will continue to do so. The quality of writing is marvelous, and the organization of the topics is first-rate. Clearly, the authors spent a lot of time with this one, and they did it right! Good work, guys.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on Black Hole's to Date! 6 Oct 2010
By OrangeCrush - Published on
If your interested in learning about Black Holes, the conditions that create them and our overall understanding of their effect on galactic evolution then look no further. Mitchell Begelman and Martin Rees do an outstanding job at presenting this material. Everything is covered here including how Black Holes were first theorized, how they were first discovered, the preconditions required for formation, and the current methods used to detect them. This latest edition covers the most recent discoveries including definitive proof that our own Milky Way harbors a massive black hole at its center.

Black Holes have quickly become one of the most popular fields in astronomy and cosmology and books on this subject aren't nearly as rare as they used to be. With that being said this is easily the best book I have read yet on this subject. If your even remotely interested in learning about Black Holes then this is where you want to start.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent: up-to-date, comprehensive and very clear 1 Jan 2011
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I am defending my PhD thesis on black holes this spring. I bought this book for many of my relatives this holiday season.

For the science-loving, non-expert reader, this book is an excellent, intelligent and extremely up-to-date introduction to astrophysical black holes. The authors have done a phenomenal job of explaining the current scientific understanding of black holes, with hardly any math at all.
The book is filled to the brim with the cutting-edge hypotheses and observational evidence. The lucid explanations are accompanied by numerous colorful and informative illustrations and figures. Many of the pictures are adapted or taken directly from the most influential academic articles of the last 10 years. The authors also give brief sketches of the people behind the science, from Albert Einstein (whom everybody knows) to current leaders in the field such as Roger Blandford, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez (of whose work and names every astrophysicist --- but almost no one else --- knows).

I would also recommend this book to any interested college student or advanced high school student, as well as to interested teachers. I've taught physics and astronomy to students at those levels and given public lectures on black holes, and am always thinking about how to talk to non-experts about black holes. I've encountered few teachers and professors who could explain the subject better than Drs. Begelman and Rees have done in this book.

For any undergraduate or beginning graduate student considering doing astronomy or astrophysics for a living, I can't think of a more comprehensive or accessible overview of black holes.
4.0 out of 5 stars First chapter it really opens up to the rest of ... 8 July 2014
By Dalton Rorabaugh - Published on
First chapter it really opens up to the rest of the book simply cannot skip the first chapter without gaining the ideology taught there.
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