From the acclaimed author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Spacean authoritative and accessible guide to the most alluring and challenging phenomena of contemporary science.
Through her writing, astrophysicist Janna Levin has focused on making the science she studies not just comprehensible but also, and perhaps more important, intriguing to the nonscientist. In this book, she helps us to understand and find delight in the black holeperhaps the most opaque theoretical construct ever imagined by physicistsillustrated with original artwork by American painter and photographer Lia Halloran. Levin takes us on an evocative exploration of black holes, provoking us to imagine the visceral experience of a black hole encounter. She reveals the influence of black holes as they populate the universe, sculpt galaxies, and even infuse the whole expanse of reality that we inhabit. Lively, engaging, and utterly unique, Black Hole Survival Guide is not just informativeit is, as well, a wonderful read from first to last.