Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes
Black holes, says Chris Impey, are “the best known and least understood objects in the universe”. Despite being “co-opted by pop culture”, they are not “cosmic vacuum cleaners”, and we really don’t need to worry too much about them – the nearest examples are several hundred trillion miles away. Yet despite the reservations of many physicists, they certainly exist – even if, as Impey puts it, “there are only about three dozen stellar corpses proven to be black holes beyond reasonable doubt”. Einstein’s Monsters cuts through the “fiendishly complex” mathematics to set out the evidence for black holes, and how they are born and die.