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Black Hole Survival Guide by Janna Levin

Black Hole Survival Guide

Janna Levin

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: The Bodley Head Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 12 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9781847926166

Our solar system is currently orbiting a black hole 26,000 light years away at a speed of 200 km per second. In Black Hole Survival Guide physicist and novelist Janna Levin takes you on a journey into a black hole, explaining what would happen to you in there and why.

4 stars out of 5
15 Nov 2020

"A brilliantly compressed guide to the baffling phenomenon of black holes"

Levin, a professor of physics and astronomy at Columbia whose last book documented the detection of gravitational waves, is a likeable guide to what we know and what we guess, and wherever the physics allows she is clear, straightforward and intuitive. The trouble is, black holes are none of those things, so this mind-bending little book is still, unavoidably, a difficult read at times. It’s a hugely enjoyable one, though. At the end of it you will know a lot about black holes, but you won’t understand them. At least you will have the comfort of knowing that nobody else does either … yet.