Dr. Jean-Pierre Luminet makes the subject of black holes accessible to any interested reader, who will need no mathematical background. The reader of this book will feel that the developments in modern astrophysics are as fascinating to discover and digest as the most fantastic science fiction novels. While answering such questions, the author takes us on a fabulous journey through space and time. We travel into the realms of supernovae, X-ray stars and quasars--a journey to the very edge of the universe and to the limits of contemporary physics.
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Are black holes an observable reality, or just hypothetical objects from the theory of relativity? A journey through space and time helps to resolve these questions in a study of one of the most fascinating and mysterious discoveries of modern astronomy.From the Back Cover:
Black holes are the most fascination discovery of modern astronomy. They have already become legendary, and form the basis of many myths and fantasies. Are they really the monsters of science fiction which devour light and stars? Are they purely hypothetical objects from the theory of relativity or are they an observable reality?In answering these question, the author takes us on a fabulous voyage through space and time. He explains how stars are born, light up and die. He takes into the strange world of supernovae. X-ray stars and quasars. We travel on a journey to the very edge of the Universe and to the limits of contemporary physics.
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