Gravity's Engines

Gravity's Engines

How Bubble-blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos

Book - 2012
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"Offering a sweeping tour of fantastic physics and cosmic history, Gravity's Engines provides a view of the most fearsome places in the universe, and finally asks what it will take to see the event horizon of a black hole"--Provided by publisher.
"We've long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. They're mysterious chasms so destructive and unforgiving that not even light can escape their deadly wrath. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity's Engines, these chasms in space-time don't just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter. Black holes blow bubbles. With clarity and keen intellect, Scharf masterfully explains how these bubbles profoundly rearrange the cosmos around them. Engaging with our deepest questions about the universe, he takes us on an intimate journey through the endlessly colorful place we call our galaxy and reminds us that the Milky Way sits in a special place in the cosmic zoo--a "sweet spot" of properties. Is it coincidental that we find ourselves here at this place and time? Could there be a deeper connection between the nature of black holes and their role in the universe and the phenomenon of life? We are, after all, made of the stuff of stars"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: ix, 252 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780374114121
0374114129
Branch Call Number: 523.8875 Sch

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stewstealth
Dec 25, 2016

The theories and consequences of black holes throughout the Universe and how they have and do affect our little patch of space. Well written and informative on the subject. Worth reading if you are interested.

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newleaf
Nov 04, 2016

I am just taking a look. This book falls into the category of astronomy "lite" but so far is pretty fascinating reading.

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