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In 1967, faint signals picked up by a radio telescope indicated the possibility of a previously unsuspected form of matter. This puzzle was the starting point of a path of investigation and discovering that involved some of the greatest and boldest scientific minds of our time. It led to the revelation of such phenomena as black holes and pulsars, and brought us to the bri ...more
(first published January 1st 1985)
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Once the author got into his stride, this was a terribly well put together book with intriguing knowledge. However, it seemed that the entire first third of the book (the section on pulsars) was him warming up. The black hole segment was fantastic. The part about Stephen Hawking was super. I'm still trying to figure out, though, what he was smoking when the final chapter about the sexual connotations (??) of black holes was written.
Apr 02, 2010 Carol Rose Stark Neal rated it it was amazing
Nonfiction. Amazing discussion of pulsars, black holes, and the fate of stars. Very compelling presentation of Einstein's Special and General Theories of Relativity, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. I particularly enjoyed the accessiblity of Schwarzchild's contributions and Quantum Mechanics