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The Resource Einstein's shadow : a black hole, a band of astronomers, and the quest to see the unseeable, Seth Fletcher

Einstein's shadow : a black hole, a band of astronomers, and the quest to see the unseeable, Seth Fletcher

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Einstein's shadow : a black hole, a band of astronomers, and the quest to see the unseeable
Title
Einstein's shadow
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a black hole, a band of astronomers, and the quest to see the unseeable
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Seth Fletcher
Title variation
Einsteins shadow
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a black hole, a band of astronomers, and the quest to see the unseeable
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eng
Summary
Traces the efforts of an elite scientific team who tested Einstein's theory of relativity during a historic mission to photograph a black hole, addressing key questions about time, space, and the nature of the universe
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  • Fletcher (Bottled Lightning), Scientific American’s chief features editor, falls short in his attempt to engage readers in the story of a group of astronomers, led by astrophysicist Shep Doeleman, “on a quest to take the first picture of a black hole” that began in 2012. Noting that “no one has ever gotten a direct look” at one, Fletcher makes plain the effort’s value, citing how important it could be to reconciling Einstein’s theory of relativity with quantum mechanics. He starts intriguingly, by grounding the project in human vanity, recounting a discussion among astronomers working on the Event Horizon Telescope—an array of radio telescopes spread over several continents—that he realized was actually about “who gets their name on Nobel Prize.” Unfortunately, despite the author’s best efforts, making the phenomenon of black holes comprehensible proves an uphill battle. Unlike the best popular science books, this narrative doesn’t make the scientific concepts sufficiently clear to the lay reader. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed 08/13/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 33, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A veteran science journalist builds a fascinating narrative based on his exclusive access to a group of astronomers bent on photographing a black hole, a near-impossible feat of Nobel Prize proportions. For more than five years, Scientific American features editor Fletcher (Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars, and the New Lithium Economy, 2011, etc.) followed astronomer Shep Doeleman and his team of intrepid scientists as they assembled the largest array of radio telescopes in the world, the Event Horizon Telescope, in the hope of imaging a black hole. The author excels at bringing to life not just the researchers and experimentalists, whose quirks and passions add much to the story, but the cutting-edge science driving their epic quest. Despite their ubiquity in popular culture, black holes have never been directly observed. A mountain of theoretical evidence posits that they exist in abundance in the universe. Most intriguing is that scientists are almost positive that a supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A* lies in the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Getting a picture of Sagittarius A* is Doeleman's white whale. Not only would it be the first direct evidence of a black hole; it also may reveal long-sought-after secrets of the universe—maybe even hint at a so-called "Theory of Everything." With stakes this high and writing this lucid, readers will be drawn into the narrative as easily as matter being drawn toward the event horizon itself. The hypotheses, experiments, team-building, and bureaucratic wrangling that Fletcher so beautifully describes perfectly encapsulate modern science, and it's a rare treat to have an insider's look at an ongoing endeavor this monumental. The author also includes a helpful guide to acronyms and abbreviations and a cast of characters. Supermassive black holes, a virtual telescope the size of the Earth, trailblazing astronomers who test the boundaries of modern science—this is scientific storytelling at its best. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2018)
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1979-
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Fletcher, Seth
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523.8/875
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QB843.B55
LC item number
D64 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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Black holes (Astronomy)
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adult
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a black hole, a band of astronomers, and the quest to see the unseeable
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Einstein's shadow : a black hole, a band of astronomers, and the quest to see the unseeable, Seth Fletcher
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-242) and index
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Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxvii, 255 pages
Isbn
9780062312020
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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  • on1055204305
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Einstein's shadow : a black hole, a band of astronomers, and the quest to see the unseeable, Seth Fletcher
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-242) and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxvii, 255 pages
Isbn
9780062312020
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1055204305
  • (OCoLC)1055204305

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