The Little Book of Black Holes, by Steven S. Gubser & Frans Pretorius
Dive into a mind-bending exploration of the physics of black holes.
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.
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.
“Gubser and Pretorius offer clarity on a difficult topic, with a healthy dose of wonder to boot.” - Publishers Weekly
“Don't be fooled by its ‘little' title; these renowned physicists deliver a robust and thrilling book that will draw readers in as surely as any event horizon.” - Kirkus Reviews