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Edge of Infinity Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe

ISBN-10: 0521814057

ISBN-13: 9780521814058

Edition: 2003

Authors: Fulvio Melia

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This timely book is suitable for the general reader wishing to find answers to some of the intriguing questions now being asked about black holes. Although once recognized as the most destructive force in nature, following a cascade of astonishing discoveries, the opinion of supermassive black holes has undergone a dramatic shift. Astronomers are discovering 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. Fulvio Melia is Associate Head of Physics and Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. He is author of Electrodynamics (University of Chicago, 2001), and a forthcoming title, The Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy (Princeton).
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Book details

List price: $87.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/4/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 158
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface
The most powerful objects in the universe
Beacons at the edge of reality
The host galaxies of quasars
The active nuclei of "normal" galaxies
Weighing supermassive objects
Accretion of plasma
Deciphering the signal from the infalling gas
The center of our galaxy
The black hole spacetime
The inexorable force of gravity
Unseen dimensions
Matter's futile resistance to total collapse
The black hole spacetime
Rotating black holes
Formation of supermassive black holes
Primordial seeds
Galaxy types
The supermassive black hole census
Galaxy collisions
Collision of Andromeda with the Milky Way
Middleweight black holes
Relativistic ejection of plasma
Imaging supermassive black holes
Jets from supermassive black holes
Faster than light motion
Supermassive black holes in the universe
The Hubble Deep Field
The Chandra Deep Field
The universe aglow
Future directions
Is the universe itself a big black hole?
Ultimate fate
References
Index