Gravity's Fatal Attraction: Black Holes in the Universe (

Gravity's Fatal Attraction: Black Holes in the Universe ("Scientific American" Library)

by Martin J . Rees (Author), Mitchell C . Begelman (Author)

Synopsis

'For years, black holes have caught the public's imagination - quite rightly so, for they are extraordinary objects. Now Martin Rees and Mitchell Begelman have provided us with a dramatic, elegant, and fully authoritative account of these remarkable structures, and of how they fit into our modern picture of the universe.' - Roger Penrose With superb illustrations and photographs, Mitchell Begelman and Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, describe how black holes were found and what their existence implies for the evolution of our universe.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Scientific American Library
Published: 25 Mar 1998

ISBN 10: 0716760290
ISBN 13: 9780716760290

Media Reviews
Martin Rees and Mitchell Begelman are probably the world's leading authorities on the astrophysics of black holes. --Stephen W. Hawking

Martin Rees is one of the great astronomers of our generation, and this felicitous collaboration with Mitchell Begelman brings alive a subject replete with wonder and mystery-- without losing the hard edge of scientific rigour. An exhilarating read! --Paul Davies, author of The Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World

Martin Rees and Mitchell Begelman have provided us with a dramatic, elegant, and fully authoritative account of [black holes], and of how they fit into our modern picture of the Universe. --Roger Penrose, author of The Emperor's New Mind

A terrific book. I doubt that you could find a more comprehensive and authoritative popular account of this spectacular subject. -- New Scientist

An excellent beginner's account of the discovery of black holes and their importance in astrophysics today. -- Sky and Telescope
Author Bio
Mitchell Begelman is Professor of Astrophysics and Chairman of the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Martin Rees is Royal Society Professor at Cambridge University; he also holds the title of Astronomer Royal. He is also the author of Before the Beginning.