A Brief History of Black Holes
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Black Holes are the universe's strangest and most fascinating objects - Dr Becky explains all, and why nearly everything you know about them is wrong. Right now, you are orbiting a black hole. The Earth goes around the Sun, and the Sun goes around the centre of the Milky Way: a supermassive black hole - the strangest and most misunderstood phenomenon in the galaxy. In A Brief History of Black Holes University of Oxford astrophysicist, Dr Becky Smethurst charts the scientific breakthroughs that have uncovered the weird and wonderful world of black holes, from the collapse of massive stars to the iconic first photographs of a black hole in 2019. A cosmic tale of discovery, you'll learn: why black holes aren't really 'black', that you never ever want to be 'spaghettified', how black holes are more like sofa cushions than vacuum cleaners, and why beyond the event horizon, the future is a direction in space rather than in time. Full of wit and learning, this captivating book explains why black holes contain the secrets to the most profound questions about our universe.