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The Edge of Infinity By Fulvio Melia (University of Arizona)

The Edge of Infinity
by Fulvio Melia (University of Arizona)

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Recent discoveries indicate that supermassive black holes may have been critical to the formation of structure in the early universe, spawning bursts of star formation, planets, and even life itself. This fascinating and timely book is suitable for the general reader.
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The Edge of Infinity: Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe by Fulvio Melia (University of Arizona)

In the past, they were recognized as the most destructive force in nature. Now, following a cascade of astonishing discoveries, supermassive black holes have undergone a dramatic shift in paradigm. Astronomers are finding out that these objects may have been critical to the formation of structure in the early universe, spawning bursts of star formation, planets, and even life itself. They may have contributed as much as half of all the radiation produced after the Big Bang, and as many as 200 million of them may now be lurking through the vast expanses of the observable cosmos. In this elegant, non-technical account, Melia conveys for the general reader the excitement generated by the quest to expose what these giant distortions in the fabric of space and time have to say about our origin and ultimate destiny.

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The Edge of Infinity Reviews


'Il libro di Fulvio Melia e ... un volumetto agile, ricco d'illustrazioni, in stile assolutamente divulgativo, ma con molti spunti originali e interessanti.' le Stelle
'... an interesting insight into the story of black hole research during the last few decades ... A recommended read.' Astronomy Now
'Melia is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona and there is no doubt that he knows what he is talking about.' Journal of the British Astronomical Association
"Th[is] book is a quick read and a welcome addition to any black hole aficionado's bookshelf. Highly recommended." Choice

About Fulvio Melia (University of Arizona)


Fulvio Melia is Professor of Astronomy and Associate Head of Physics at the University of Arizona.

Table of Contents


Preface; 1. The most powerful objects in the universe; 2. Weighing supermassive objects; 3. The black hole spacetime; 4. Formation of supermassive black holes; 5. Relativistic ejection of plasma; 6. Supermassive black holes in the universe.

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The Edge of Infinity: Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe by Fulvio Melia (University of Arizona)
Fulvio Melia (University of Arizona)
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
2003-09-04
158
0521814057
9780521814058
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