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Timothy R. Waters

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  • Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Caleb Scharf
    • Narrated By Caleb Scharf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    We’ve long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity’s Engines, these chasms in space-time don’t just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter.

    Gary says: "One of the best science books for non-scientist"
    "a MUST READ for astrophysicists and enthusiasts"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gravity's Engines the most enjoyable?

    Most enjoyable is the fact that the author is a professional astrophysicist- with a gift for language- who has clearly thought about the big picture in conveying the goals of modern astronomy. His story is one that has not yet been told - this subject matter is still in the modern astrophyscial literature and is years away from emerging as popular astronomy material. The relativistic properties of black holes has been the subject of scores of popular books and is thankfully not addressed in this book. Rather, Scharf discusses the less sexy but ultimately more important topic of how black holes shape their environment. He describes how crucial they are in the evolution of our universe, his thesis being that life would not exist without black holes! His analogies are unique and thought provoking, and his personal recounts of his own discoveries make for great listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Scharf narrates the book himself and does a great job! Listening is much like playing a science program narrated by Brian Cox.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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