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The Collapsing Universe - The Story of Black Holes
The Collapsing Universe - The Story of Black Holes Author:Isaac Asimov Since 1960 the universe has taken on a wholly new face. It has become more exciting, more mysterious, more violent, and more extreme as our knowledge concerning it has suddenly expanded. And the most exciting, most mysterious, most violent, and most extreme phenomenon of all has the simplest, plainest, calmest, and mildest name - nothing more ... more »than a "black hole."
A hole is nothing, and if it is black, we can't even see it. Ought we to get excited over an invisible nothing?
Yes - if that black hole represents the most extreme state of matter possible, if it represents the possible end of the universe, if it represents the possible beginning of the universe, if it represents new physical laws and new methods for circumventing what had previously been considered absolute limitations.
In order to understand the black hole, however, we must begin at the beginning and work our way toward it step by step.« less