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Black holes : a traveler's guide

by Pickover, Clifford A.

Format: Print Book 1996
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction QB843.B55 P53 1996
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  QB843.B55 P53 1996

Clifford Pickover's inventive and entertaining excursion beyond the curves of space and time.

"I've enjoyed Clifford Pickover's earlier books . . . now he has ventured into the exploration of black holes. All would-be tourists are strongly advised to read his traveler's guide." -Arthur C. Clarke.

"Many books have been written about black holes, but none surpass this one in arousing emotions of awe and wonder towards the mysterious structure of the universe." -Martin Gardner.

"Bucky Fuller thought big. Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both." -Wired.

"The book is fun, zany, in-your-face, and refreshingly addictive." -Times Higher Education Supplement.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Though the big daddy of general-interest black hole books is physicist Kip Thorne's Black Holes and Time Warps (1994), the subject is mind-bending enough to allow for less hefty treatments, such as that of Ferguson and Pickover. Prisons explains the prerequisites for forming a black hole, the extreme relativity effects in its immediate vicinity, and what conditions might prevail inside. Combining bits of physics history, verbal analogies, and drawings, Ferguson solidly covers the parameters of black holedom, reinforcing the fantastic nature of these objects that crush time and space out of existence. From theory, Ferguson moves toward observation and the types of radiation astronomers expect would betray the presence of a black hole and the specific evidence for black holes associated with several stars, galaxies, and quasars. Withal, Ferguson proves to be a crystal clear guide for a first trip around the black hole block. Another engaging way to teach about black holes is to imagine a space voyage into the relativity effects exerted by a black hole. Ferguson does so in passages, but Pickover extends the ploy for his whole book. And he doesn't avoid equations of gravitation, which better than words explain why, paradoxically, tidal forces aren't as dangerous near a big hole as near a small one. For that effect, and others, such as time dilation, Pickover's alter ego Plex whips out his laptop to calculate the black hole's behavior; in an appendix Pickover supplies computer programs (in BASIC and C languages) for readers with the same hands-on motivation. --Gilbert Taylor"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Black holes (Astronomy)
Black holes (Astronomy) -- Computer programs.
Publisher New York :Wiley,1996
Language English
Description xiv, 210 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-203) and index.
ISBN 0471125806 (cloth : alk. paper)
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