ブラックホールの科学史<br>Black Hole : How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved (Reprint)

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Black Hole : How an Idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became Loved (Reprint)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 237 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780300219661
  • DDC分類 520

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The contentious history of the idea of the black hole-the most fascinating and bizarre celestial object in the heavensFor 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 and 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. This book celebrates the hundredth anniversary of general relativity, 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.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            ix
1 It Is Therefore Possible That the Largest 1 (15)
Luminous Bodies in the Universe May Be
Invisible
2 Newton, Forgive Me 16 (19)
3 One Would Then Find Oneself ... in a 35 (9)
Geometrical Fairyland
4 There Should Be a Law of Nature to 44 (16)
Prevent a Star from Behaving in This Absurd
Way!
5 I'll Show Those Bastards 60 (10)
6 Only Its Gravitational Field Persists 70 (17)
7 I Could Not Have Picked a More Exciting 87 (23)
Time in Which to Become a Physicist
8 It Was the Weirdest Spectrum I'd Ever Seen 110(12)
9 Why Don't You Call It a Black Hole? 122(20)
10 Medieval Torture Rack 142(6)
11 Whereas Stephen Hawking Has Such a Large 148(15)
Investment in General Relativity and Black
Holes and Desires an Insurance Policy
12 Black Holes Ain't So Black 163(12)
Epilogue 175(8)
Timeline 183(6)
Notes 189(20)
Bibliography 209(15)
Acknowledgments 224(3)
Index 227