Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe

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So it's almost like the black hole is a naturally occurring object that forced us to glimpse a deeper description of our reality. His work on black hole thermodynamics and the concept of Hawking radiation revolutionized our understanding of these cosmic entities. Overall, "Black Holes" is a great introduction to the topic and a fascinating read for both science enthusiasts and general readers alike.

Professor Brian Cox CBE FRS is Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester and the Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science. This book, co-written with Jeff Forshaw, one of Cox's colleagues at the University of Manchester, reads for the most part like a dry textbook for undergraduates. A place where space and time are so warped that light is trapped if it ventures within 12 million km. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Since it contradicts the second law of thermodynamics, they (Bekenstein) came up with the solution: the information, and so, entropy of infalling objects remain on black hole’s event horizon, inscribed onto it in bits of Planck-length, making black holes the highest-entropy objects in all the universe.

When you say bits of information, I usually think of bits that are used in terms of computer science to describe a zero or a one that encodes information. A good portion of the book is a crash course in Einstein's theory of relativity (special and general). Wondering if it was possible to top up my knowledge so a book wouldn't make a fool of me again, I immediately looked up entry requirements to complete a 4 year physics degree at the University of Manchester. But for a while, I got hung up on proposed visual observations in the book and therefore somewhere had misunderstood. Hawking discovered that when you put those two frameworks together, there's a prediction, which is black holes have a temperature.

In summary, my take with books like these is if you are going to read almost 300 pages about black holes, the nature of space and time and the fabric of reality itself, you might as well learn at least a little bit of the true math and physics if even at a highly superficial level.We have a picture where the interior of the black hole becomes — in some sense — the same place as the exterior.

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. Then we follow with several challenging, but very interesting chapters on black hole thermodynamics. Black Holes" by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw is a comprehensive and engaging read for anyone curious about the mysterious phenomenon of black holes. As a side note, I do recommend reading this one in parallel or subsequent to reading Carrol’s above mentioned book which will give you a great basis in special and general relativity.of their book sales based on Hawking’s formula) because one of the highlights of this book is the scattering of equations that are accompanied by careful explanation and insight. Registered office address: Unit 34 Vulcan House Business Centre, Vulcan Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 3EF. It’s always tempting to bask in the self-congratulatory delusion that if I just really concentrate on something hard enough I’d be able to understand it. It will take a while to digest but the trajectory of the explanation provides a foundation for understanding which I appreciate.

This is a beautifully add masterfully written synopsis of the universe as a whole tying together, very complicated theories and ideologies into something readable, and more importantly, understandable. As I said, I’ve read a lot of books on this topic and adjacent ones (Thorne, Greene, Smolin, Carrol, etc) and I was genuinely glued to this one. You could almost imagine this kind of hot atmosphere of the black hole, which somehow contains the information and re-radiates it out into the universe again. To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose. It's noteworthy that the page immediately following this line provides not one or two, but four equations.In this artist's rendering, a star makes its closest approach to the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

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