:

product description page

Einstein's Shadow : A Black Hole, a Band of Astronomers, and the Quest to See the Unseeable

Einstein's Shadow : A Black Hole, a Band of Astronomers, and the Quest to See the Unseeable - image 1 of 1

About this item

Einstein’s Shadow follows a team of elite scientists on their historic mission to take the first picture of a black hole, putting Einstein’s theory of relativity to its ultimate test and helping to answer our deepest questions about space, time, the origins of the universe, and the nature of reality

Photographing a black hole sounds impossible, a contradiction in terms. But Shep Doeleman and a global coalition of scientists are on the cusp of doing just that. 

With exclusive access to the team, journalist Seth Fletcher spent five years following Shep and an extraordinary cast of characters as they assembled the Event Horizon Telescope, a virtual radio observatory the size of the Earth. He witnessed their struggles, setbacks, and breakthroughs, and along the way, he explored the latest thinking on the most profound questions about black holes. Do they represent a limit to our ability to understand reality? Or will they reveal the clues that lead to the long-sought Theory of Everything?

Fletcher transforms astrophysics into something exciting, accessible, and immediate, taking us on an incredible adventure to better understand the complexity of our galaxy, the boundaries of human perception and knowledge, and how the messy human endeavor of science really works.

Weaving a compelling narrative account of human ingenuity with excursions into cutting-edge science, Einstein’s Shadow is a tale of great minds on a mission to change the way we understand our universe—and our place in it.  

Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins
Author: Seth Fletcher
Language: English
Street Date: October 9, 2018
TCIN: 53897972
UPC: 9780062312020
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-0423
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.
$17.70
MSRPReg: $26.99 Save $9.29 (34% off)

Guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.