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Black Holes - Jean-Pierre Luminet

Paperback Published: 9th November 1992
ISBN: 9780521409063
Number Of Pages: 336

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Black holes are undoubtedly one of the most fascinating discoveries of modern astronomy, and their description one of the most daring intellectual feats of modern times. They have already become legendary, forming the basis of many myths, fantasies and science fiction movies. Are they really the monsters which devour light and stars; bottomless celestial pits into which all matter is sucked and crushed? Are they an observable reality, or are they just hypothetical objects from the theory of relativity? In answering such questions the author takes us on a fabulous journey through space and time. Dr Jean-Pierre Luminet is an astronomer at Meudon Observatory in France, a specialist on the subject of black holes, and has also acquired a reputation for being a gifted writer and communicator. In this book he makes the subject of black holes accessible to any interested reader, who will need no mathematical background.

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'... a fascinating book that demands to be read not once but probably several times ... Luminet's writing is such that this is a pleasure not a chore.' Christine Sutton, Endeavour '... a highly instructive book ... excellent graphics ...' Webb Society Reviews

Foreword to the French edition
Foreword to the English edition
Gravitation and Light
First fruits
Curved space-time
Exquisite Corpses
Chronicle of the twilight years
Ashes and diamonds
Gravitation triumphant
Light Assassinated
The far horizon
A descent into the maelstrom
Map games
The black hole machine
The quantum black hole
Light Regained
Primordial black holes
The zoo of X-ray stars
Giant black holes
Gravitational light
The black hole Universe
Name index
Subject index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521409063
ISBN-10: 0521409063
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 9th November 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.84  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.43

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