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This review is from: Gravity's Engines: The Other Side of Black Holes (Hardcover)
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Every once in a while you come across a writer whose skills in communication are so good that you cannot put the book down. Caleb Scharf is one of those people. He takes the reader on a journey from the first idea of a 'dark star' to today's cutting-edge understanding of the most monsterous billion solar mass black holes. He achieves this with a very light touch to the point where the reader feels that they are skimming over the surface of knowledge whilst at the same time snatching up items of that knowledge that provide meaning and understanding.
Those who are unfamiliar with astrophysics might be put off by what they see as a dry academic subject but this is not a text book that brow beats the reader with endless equations. This book provides a story and one that will captivate any reader with even half a brain. Everyone has heard of black holes and there is much nonsense spoken about them where pure specualtion is portrayed as fact. This book sticks to the facts as we know them, where we are now with our knowledge and how we got there. This is hard stuff made very easy to follow and understand. Caleb Scharf should be congratulated on the production of a superb piece of writing that further enhances the layperson's knowledge of exotic science.
If you want to know about black holes then read this book - simply superb literature.