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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caleb Scharf Narrator: Caleb Scharf Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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We’ve long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. Theyre mysterious chasms so destructive and unforgiving that not even light can escape their deadly wrath.Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravitys Engines, these chasms in space-time dont just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter. Black holes blow bubbles.With clarity and keen intellect, Scharf masterfully explains how these bubbles profoundly rearrange the cosmos around them. Engaging with our deepest questions about the universe, he takes us on an intimate journey through the endlessly colorful place we call our galaxy and reminds us that the Milky Way sits in a special place in the cosmic zooa sweet spot of properties. Is it coincidental that we find ourselves here at this place and time? Could there be a deeper connection between the nature of black holes and their role in the universe and the phenomenon of life? We are, after all, made of the stuff of stars.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike | 7/9/2013

    " Really a wonderful book, despite the ridiculously long subtitle. If you're interested in cosmology, this is a must-read. It's about real science, with real evidence, and real uncertainty. This is what popular science books should be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bruce Cheney | 3/9/2013

    " The role that black holes play in creating the conditions necessary for the development of life was of particular interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 1/29/2013

    " Made me feel very, very small. Yet quite significant. The scale and structure of the see-able universe astounds. The chapter that discusses the multimillion degree temperature of event horizons makes a great read for a chilly night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim Hoover | 12/14/2012

    " Caleb writes about black holes with authority, vivid and colorful language, and intriguing conclusions about what they mean to our universe and life as we know it. "

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