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Through a Universe Darkly: A Cosmic Tale of Ancient Ethers, Dark Matter, & the Fate of the Universeby Marcia Bartusiak
Synopses & Reviews
For more than half a century, physicists and astronomers engaged in heated dispute over the possibility of black holes in the universe. The weirdly alien notion of a space-time abyss from which nothing escapesandmdash;not even lightandmdash;seemed to confound all logic. This engrossing book tells the story of the fierce black hole debates and the contributions of Einstein and Hawking and other leading thinkers who completely altered our view of the universe.
Renowned science writer Marcia Bartusiak shows how the black hole helped revive Einsteinand#39;s greatest achievement, the general theory of relativity, after decades during which it had been pushed into the shadows. Not until astronomers discovered such surprising new phenomena as neutron stars and black holes did the once-sedate universe transform into an Einsteinian cosmos, filled with sources of titanic energy that can be understood only in the light of relativity. This book celebrates the hundredth anniversary of general relativity, uncovers how the black hole really got its name, and recounts the scientistsand#39; frustrating, exhilarating, and at times humorous battles over the acceptance of one of historyand#39;s most dazzling ideas.
Book News Annotation:
Providing the history of astronomy from the ancient Greeks up to today, an award-winning science writer shows how the quest for dark matter is the latest step in the long evolution of our view of the cosmos. Conveying the exhilaration of discovery that has driven astronomers for centuries, the author interweaves history, scientific personalities, and philosophy in a story of the exploration of the universe's contents.
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The contentious history of the idea of the black holeandmdash;the most fascinating and bizarre celestial object in the heavens
About the Author
Marcia Bartusiak is Professor of the Practice, Graduate Program in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the award-winning author of five previous books, including most recently The Day We Found the Universe. She lives in Sudbury, MA.
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