"Martin Rees and Mitchell Begelman are probably the world's leading authorities on the astrophysics of black holes."--Stephen W. Hawking
"Martin Rees is one of the great astronomers of our generation, and this felicitous collaboration with Mitchell Begelman brings alive a subject replete with wonder and mystery-- without losing the hard edge of scientific rigour. An exhilarating read!"--Paul Davies, author of The Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World
"Martin Rees and Mitchell Begelman have provided us with a dramatic, elegant, and fully authoritative account of [black holes], and of how they fit into our modern picture of the Universe."--Roger Penrose, author of The Emperor's New Mind
"A terrific book. I doubt that you could find a more comprehensive and authoritative popular account of this spectacular subject."--New Scientist
"An excellent beginner's account of the discovery of black holes and their importance in astrophysics today."--Sky and Telescope
Richly illustrated in colour, this book is suitable for introductory undergraduate courses, amateur astronomers, and all readers interested in astronomy and physics. It shows how black holes were discovered, and discusses current understanding of their role in cosmic evolution. This second edition covers new discoveries made in the past decade.
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