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The Edge of Infinity: Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe

by Fulvio Melia

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A follow-up to "The Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy". The last chapter, discussing a possible explanation of the nature of the universe, is terrific. Melia does a great job explaining complex topics in cosmology for the non-astrophysicist. ( )
  bodhisattva | Jul 15, 2007 |
Pretty good, mostly non-technical account of
supermassive black holes. Well-organized, and
the Philippine wine dance is neat (read it to
find out). Is that true what he said about the
universe? ( )
  zutzang | Jan 26, 2007 |
Quasars, organization of the universe into galaxies, etc.
  fpagan | Dec 9, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0521814057, Hardcover)

This timely book is suitable for the general reader wishing to find answers to some of the intriguing questions now being asked about black holes. Although once recognized as the most destructive force in nature, following a cascade of astonishing discoveries, the opinion of supermassive black holes has undergone a dramatic shift. Astronomers are discovering that these objects may have been critical to the formation of structure in the early universe, spawning bursts of star formation, planets, and even life itself. Fulvio Melia is Associate Head of Physics and Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. He is author of Electrodynamics (University of Chicago, 2001), and a forthcoming title, The Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy (Princeton).

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"In the past, they were recognized as the most destructive force in nature. Now, following a cascade of astonishing discoveries, supermassive black holes have undergone a dramatic shift in paradigm. Astronomers are finding out that these objects may have been critical to the formation of structure in the early universe, spawning bursts of star formation, planets, and even life itself. They may have contributed as much as half of all the radiation produced after the Big Bang, and as many as 200 million of them may now be lurking through the vast expanses of the observable cosmos. In this non-technical account, Melia conveys the excitement generated by the quest to expose what these giant distortions in the fabric of space and time have to say about our origin and ultimate destiny. This book is suitable for the general reader wishing to find answers to some of the intriguing questions now being asked about black holes."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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