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Author: Marcia Bartusiak Narrator: Randye Kaye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781494577070
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For more than half a century, physicists and astronomers engaged in heated dispute over the possibility of black holes in the universe. The weirdly alien notion of a space-time abyss from which nothing escapes-not even light-seemed to confound all logic. This engrossing book tells the story of the fierce black hole debates and the contributions of Einstein, Hawking, and other leading thinkers who completely altered our view of the universe. Renowned science writer Marcia Bartusiak shows how the black hole helped revive Einstein's greatest achievement, the general theory of relativity, after decades during which it had been pushed into the shadows. Not until astronomers discovered such surprising new phenomena as neutron stars and black holes did the once-sedate universe transform into an Einsteinian cosmos, filled with sources of titanic energy that can be understood only in the light of relativity. Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of general relativity, Black Hole uncovers how the black hole really got its name and recounts the scientists' frustrating, exhilarating, and at times humorous battles over the acceptance of one of history's most dazzling ideas. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • [T]horoughly researched, beautifully written, and full of insights about the nature of the scientific enterprise. Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams
  • “You don’t need an advanced degree to enjoy this entertaining tale…A beautiful case study.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • " One of the delights of this witty book is seeing the many ways physicists historically found to dismiss, deny and disdain black holes.”

    Washington Post

  • “Traces the crooked path black holes took through the history of science…[and] features intriguing cameos from many of history’s well-known physicists.”

    Scientific American

  • “Packs a lot of learning into a deceptively light and enjoyable read.”

    New Scientist

  • “Lively and dramatic.”

    Times Higher Education Supplement

  • “Six hours is just the right length for this audio history of black holes. Any more might fatigue general listeners, and any less might be too superficial for physics geeks…Narrator Randye Kaye’s modulated delivery keeps the material moving…An illuminating view of how great thinkers wrestle with a radical concept and eventually propel it into the mainstream.”


  • A Scientific American Recommended Book

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About the Author

Marcia Bartusiak is Professor of the Practice, Graduate Program in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the award-winning author of several previous books, including The Day We Found the Universe. She lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Randye Kaye is a national voice talent and actress, also currently heard as part-time newscaster and classical music host on NPR affiliates WSHU-FM and AM. Prior to that, while raising her children, she was a full-time morning personality for a top-rated Connecticut radio station in addition to her voice-over, on-camera, and theater work.