Black Hole Survival Guide

Black Hole Survival Guide

From the acclaimed author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space--an authoritative and accessible guide to the most alluring and challenging phenomena of contemporary science. Through her writing, astrophysicist Janna Levin has focused on making the science she studies not just comprehensible but also, and perhaps more important, intriguing to the nonscientist From the acclaimed author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space--an authoritative and accessible guide...

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Title:Black Hole Survival Guide
Author:Janna Levin
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Genres:Science
ISBN:052565822X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:160 pages pages

Black Hole Survival Guide Reviews

  • Heather
    Dec 28, 2020
    This was both a challenging and pleasant read. A lot to wrap the head around, and I had to stop every now and then to reread and ponder what was being said. It's an excellent way to share some pretty complicated astrophysics with more easily accessible analogies. This was both...
  • Zeina
    Feb 07, 2021
    Beware, This book is likely to give you superpowers. Indeed how to survive a black hole ? The secret is in the black box ? Or deep into quantum physics ? This book is a challenge to both reason and faith and it is a fascinating trip into consciousness as it helps us redefine our positi...
  • Mythreyi
    Jan 20, 2021
    Phenomenal. A perfect book to transition into a new year. Reset the clock while we ponder the nature of reality, time and space through science. Janna Levin is a master communicator. She blends the science constructs together with the curiosity we all bear within us as we look up at th...
  • Joe
    Dec 07, 2020
    Her ?Survival Guide,? illustrated by painter and photographer Lia Halloran, is an exuberant, flashcard-size book of 13 chapters with, naturally, a black cover that draws you in, as it depicts an astronaut similarly attracted toward a mirror-like sphere, perhaps exploring it. Lev...
  • Susan Tunis
    Dec 07, 2020
    It's short, but is it sweet? Can a book about one's inevitable death in the depths of a black hole ever be sweet? I don't know, but I loved the Black Hole Survival Guide! The book is precisely what the title suggests, offering advice such as: Go for the largest black ...
  • Joe Jones
    Aug 31, 2020
    It is rare to find a scientist who can convey difficult ideas in a way that the rest of us can understand. Jenna Levin does an outstanding job of it here. Even if you think you do not care at all about black holes she will enlighten and entertain you and make you wish that the book did...
  • Deepika
    Dec 31, 2020
    Janna Levin?s ?Black Hole Survival Guide? was fun for the most parts. And then Levin started talking about some difficult things like ?Evaporation? and ?Hologram?, which went way above my head, and I read those chapters twice, looked up more information online, and return...
  • Janna M
    Aug 20, 2020
    I can picture Matthew McConaughey's character in Interstellar kicking back with this book, reading about black holes and quantum entanglement for fun. And it is a fun read (if you like epic prose and cold scientific facts interwoven with beautiful artwork and a sprinkling of exist...
  • John
    Jan 01, 2021
    I often wondered why there were no good books just on black holes. Now there is. Just finished Janna Levin?s new book and it was great and is exactly the black hole 101 you need. One nitpick is that Hawking was described as an ailing Oxford physicist and not a late Cambridge one :( ...
  • Paul
    Jan 19, 2021
    Being a layperson in the wonderful world of physics, I appreciate the work of folks like Janna Levin and giving the likes of me a chance at understanding something as fun as the idea of Black Holes which she hastens to add is nothing and yet behaves as though it is something. She goes ...
  • Cindy
    Jan 03, 2021
    Let's not kid ourselves. She's basically a black hole apologist. Her excuse is that you can get way closer to a black hole than a star like the sun before you perish*. The title is fake news. She obviously doesn't care about all the black hole victims (past and future...
  • Carlos
    Dec 05, 2020
    Beautiful. The writing style feels off at times, but the subject and the explanations are presented clearly and with a touch of poetry. It has earned a quiet place in my heart. ...
  • Cathy
    Jan 11, 2021
    Brilliant! And very enjoyable. I listened to it, read by the author, (borrowed from library) and loved hearing her passion and curiosity. I heard her interviewed on Quirks and Quarks, https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/dec-1... and that sparked my interest. The only down side to th...
  • Elle
    Jan 14, 2021
    So it turns out that when you scream into the void nothing listens but if you were to step into it that's where things get interesting. People have been curious about black holes for forever and the world recently saw its curiosity reawakened a few years ago with the first picture...
  • Jessa Franco
    Nov 12, 2020
    Weirdly good - I expected to snooze through this. Mostly because science was not my strongest subject in high school. The author does a fantastic job breaking it down simply, as is evident by my new fear of falling into a black hole ? ...
  • Mark
    Feb 17, 2021
    I enjoyed Black Hole Blues and had to give this a try. Janna's writing the for the layperson is perfect for those of us interested in cosmology but breakout in a rash when it comes to the math. It is fascinating that a book can be written about nothing, just a hole in spacetime an...
  • David Wineberg
    Sep 17, 2020
    Black holes are complicated, largely because what we think we know is mostly extremely long distance observation, mixed with debatable quantum mechanics and a lot of plain old conjecture. Janna Levin, professor of Physics at Columbia, manages to explain it rationally, clearly and even ...
  • Paul Andrews
    Jan 12, 2021
    I will written small book that walks through the authors current thinking on the enigma of Black Holes. Although the last few chapters require some careful reading and cover cutting edge areas such as Hawking radiation, most of the book can be read by individual without much of a scien...
  • Srikar
    Dec 22, 2020
    Listened to it over Audible narrated by Janna herself. I have been intrigued by the insights from Janna on star talk and i looked for more in this book. The book did provide fodder for thought. Janna?s prose is poetic at times , while also being eloquent and thoroughly engrossing. ...
  • Miguel
    Dec 31, 2020
    This was a really fun (and very short) work about black holes but comes with a treatment of the physics as best as the layperson can hope to understand them. Levin does a very good job conveying all that she can about this insanely complex topic to dolts such as myself. ...
  • Michael
    Dec 29, 2020
    The Black Hole Survival Guide is a quick read. It reviews the nuts and bolts of black holes and then gets into the abstruse parts. Levin gives advice to an intrepid astronaut entering a black hole. This is an effective way to convey notions like the differences at the event horizon bet...
  • Roo Phillips
    Jan 07, 2021
    This book is written for the masses. If you are curious about what black holes are, but don't want to get into math and physics, then this is the book to read. Very accessible, short, and sweet. Black holes are so fascinating. The universe can be so bizarre, so nonintuitive, and r...
  • Jeff Skott
    Jan 11, 2021
    Janna Levin is awesome. I saw her on a couple of shows with Neil deGrasse Tyson and then got hooked on some YouTube videos explaining gravity (yes, there's a lot to know) and from that reading Black Hole Blues, which was a wild ride discussion about the ringing of space time. Love...
  • Marie
    Feb 08, 2021
    Mathematics can speculate about what is possible in the universe. Black holes are nothing. Black holes provide a laboratory for the exploration of the farthest reaches of the mind. A black hole is a spacetime. Falling is the purest uninterrupted experience of gravity. Th...
  • Thomas Colello
    Jan 12, 2021
    Disappointing ending. ...
  • Hamid
    Nov 20, 2020
    Mathematics alone cannot tell us what specifically is out there in our universe. The mathematics can speculate only about what is possible. And sometimes mathematics allows us to explore pure potential before any physical manifestations of that potential are discovered. Black holes we...
  • Katie Ni
    Jan 02, 2021
    Imagine that at the quantum level it is entirely natural and sustainable to be in a superposition of here and there, then and now, fast and slow. Imagine that a bare black hole is pure empty spacetime, that the black hole singularity that we naively think of as at the center of a spher...
  • Mr. P
    Feb 14, 2021
    What a lovely down to earth introduction to black holes and other astronomical phenomenons. Janna writes in a candid, entertaining style about the conundrums and paradoxons that kept physicists and scientists excited over the last hundred years or so; about the battle between relativi...
  • Cole Nesselson
    Feb 06, 2021
    black holes is a point in time. Death in the singularity is the future. quasars are super massive blackholes with accretion disks. These disks have colliding material produce thousands times more energy than all the stars in the galaxy. quantum gravity holds the key to a united...
  • Winn Koster
    Jan 08, 2021
    A haunting and beautiful read that introduces the key concepts of general relativity and provides the reader with a sense of simultaneous wonder, terror, and respect for the singularity. This book avoids getting bogged down in technical discussions of metrics and embeddings but also pr...