Black hole: how an idea abandoned by newtonians, hated by einstein, and gambled on by hawking became loved

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The contentious history of the idea of the black hole—the most fascinating and bizarre celestial object in the heavens
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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 escapes—not even light—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 Einstein'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 scientists' frustrating, exhilarating, and at times humorous battles over the acceptance of one of history's most dazzling ideas.

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subject_facet Black holes (Astronomy), Discoveries in science, Science, Science -- Social aspects
title_display Black hole : how an idea abandoned by Newtonians, hated by Einstein, and gambled on by Hawking became loved
title_full Black Hole How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved, Black hole : how an idea abandoned by Newtonians, hated by Einstein, and gambled on by Hawking became loved / Marcia Bartusiak, Black hole [electronic resource] : how an idea abandoned by newtonians, hated by einstein, and gambled on by hawking became loved / Marcia Bartusiak
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title_sub how an idea abandoned by newtonians, hated by einstein, and gambled on by hawking became loved
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