The Irresistible Attraction of Gravity
A Journey to Discover Black Holes
by Luciano Rezzolla
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Pub Date 02 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 23 Feb 2023
The mystery of gravity has captivated us for centuries. But what is gravity and how does it work? This engaging book delves into the bizarre and often counter-intuitive world of gravitational physics.
Join distinguished astrophysicist Professor Luciano Rezzolla on this virtual journey into Einstein's world of gravity, with each milestone presenting ever more fascinating aspects of gravitation. Through gentle exposure to concepts such as spacetime curvature and general relativity, you will discover some of the most curious consequences of gravitational physics, such as black holes, neutron stars and gravitational waves.
The author presents and explains one of the most impressive scientific achievements of recent times: the first image of a supermassive black hole. Written by one of the key scientists involved in producing these results, you'll get a behind-the-scenes view of how the image was captured and discover what happens to matter and light near a black hole.
“The compelling story of one of the most beautiful adventures in physics.” – Carlo Rovelli
“Luciano Rezzolla offers an engaging overview of the powerful role of gravity, as the weakest but most consequential interaction shaping our universe.” - Avi Loeb, author of Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth
“...a good read from a top expert in the field.” - Reinhard Genzel, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and Nobel laureate in Physics