The Resource The little book of black holes, Steven S. Gubser & Frans Pretorius

The little book of black holes, Steven S. Gubser & Frans Pretorius

Label
The little book of black holes
Title
The little book of black holes
Statement of responsibility
Steven S. Gubser & Frans Pretorius
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Black holes, predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity more than a century ago, have long intrigued scientists and the public with their bizarre and fantastical properties. Although Einstein understood that black holes were mathematical solutions to his equations, he never accepted their physical reality--a viewpoint many shared. This all changed in the 1960s and 1970s, when a deeper conceptual understanding of black holes developed just as new observations revealed the existence of quasars and X-ray binary star systems, whose mysterious properties could be explained by the presence of black holes. Black holes have since been the subject of intense research--and the physics governing how they behave and affect their surroundings is stranger and more mind-bending than any fiction. After introducing the basics of the special and general theories of relativity, this book describes black holes both as astrophysical objects and theoretical "laboratories" in which physicists can test their understanding of gravitational, quantum, and thermal physics. From Schwarzschild black holes to rotating and colliding black holes, and from gravitational radiation to Hawking radiation and information loss, Steven Gubser and Frans Pretorius use creative thought experiments and analogies to explain their subject accessibly. They also describe the decades-long quest to observe the universe in gravitational waves, which recently resulted in the LIGO observatories' detection of the distinctive gravitational wave "chirp" of two colliding black holes--the first direct observation of black holes' existence. The Little Book of Black Holes takes readers deep into the mysterious heart of the subject, offering rare clarity of insight into the physics that makes black holes simple yet destructive manifestations of geometric destiny."--Jacket
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OU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gubser, Steven Scott
Dewey number
523.8/875
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QB843.B55
LC item number
G83 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1973-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Pretorius, Frans
Series statement
Science essentials
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Black holes (Astronomy)
Label
The little book of black holes, Steven S. Gubser & Frans Pretorius
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Special relativity -- General relativity -- The Schwarzschild black hole -- Spinning black holes -- Black holes in the universe -- Black hole collisions -- Black hole thermodynamics
Control code
ocn974676652
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 179 pages
Isbn
9780691163727
Lccn
2017024783
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99977256592
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)974676652
Label
The little book of black holes, Steven S. Gubser & Frans Pretorius
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Special relativity -- General relativity -- The Schwarzschild black hole -- Spinning black holes -- Black holes in the universe -- Black hole collisions -- Black hole thermodynamics
Control code
ocn974676652
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 179 pages
Isbn
9780691163727
Lccn
2017024783
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99977256592
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)974676652

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