A Brief History of Black Holes: And why nearly everything you know about them is wrong (Paperback)

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In A Brief History of Black Holes, award-winning University of Oxford researcher Dr Becky Smethurst charts five hundred years of scientific breakthroughs in astronomy and astrophysics.

Right now, you are orbiting a black hole.

The Earth orbits the Sun, and the Sun orbits the centre of the Milky Way: a supermassive black hole, the strangest and most misunderstood phenomenon in the galaxy.

In this cosmic tale of discovery, Dr Becky Smethurst takes us from the earliest observations of the universe and the collapse of massive stars, to the iconic first photographs of a black hole and her own published findings.

A cosmic tale of discovery, Becky explains why black holes aren’t really ‘black’, that you never ever want to be ‘spaghettified’, how black holes are more like sofa cushions than hoovers and why, beyond the event horizon, the future is a direction in space rather than in time. Told with humour and wisdom, this captivating book describes the secrets behind the most profound questions about our universe, all hidden inside black holes.

'A jaunt through space history . . . with charming wit and many pop-culture references' – BBC Sky At Night Magazine

About the Author


Dr Becky Smethurst is an award-winning astrophysicist and science communicator at the University of Oxford, specializing in how galaxies co-evolve with their super massive black holes. She was recently awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s Research Fellow ship for 2022. Her YouTube channel, ‘Dr Becky’, has over 500,000 subscribers who engage with her videos. A Brief History of Black Holes is her second book; her first, Space: 10 Things You Should Know was named one of Sky at Night magazine’s Top 20 books of 2019 and translated all around the world.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781529086744
ISBN-10: 1529086744
Publisher: Pan
Publication Date: October 24th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English
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