Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe

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Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe

Black Holes: The Key to Understanding the Universe

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Black Holes" by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw is a comprehensive and engaging read for anyone curious about the mysterious phenomenon of black holes. Viewed in this way, black holes are cosmic Rosetta Stones, allowing us to translate our observations into a new language that affords us a glimpse of the profoundest reason and most radiant beauty.

The topic is an intense and difficult one, even before you get to the cutting-edge stuff which the authors discuss in the final chapters. And, I didn't expect that I would learn the Penrose diagram to understand the infinities of spacetime. So no problem, except that according to Einstein's theory of general relativity, you can also ask the question, what does that look like from the perspective of the book or an astronaut falling in? Too often, I was left wondering who Cox and Forshaw believed they were talking to in the book – surely they must have noticed many of their readers had fallen behind?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. 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.

So if I finish the book and I still don't understand the universe, they're going to tell me it's my fault. Instead, they are synthesised out of entangled quantum bits of information in a way that resembles a cleverly constructed computer code. Now, as a general rule, whenever someone produces a graph I reach for my revolver, but I imagine even those readers who are more inclined to jump through the various mathematical hurdles Cox and Forshaw erect will find them a bit excessive. 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.In the Horizons Live show I attended, Cox joked about performing an 'equation solo' in the arena (which is usually reserved for musical acts), but Black Holes' equations are less a blistering thirty-second solo of astonishing impact and more like those indulgent twenty-minute soloes where you wish the guitarist would bring it home and we can get back to the song itself.

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