black holes in spacetime

How can anything as exotic as a black hole really exist? Would we survive a visit near one? What would we find? What can black holes teach us about what physicist John Archibald Wheeler called “the deep, happy mysteries of the universe”?

These are some of the tantalizing questions explored in this easy-to-read book.

To answer them, we trace a star from its birth to its death throes in the clutches of its own gravity, embark on a hypothetical journey to the border of a new black hole, and enjoy some of the humor surrounding the study of black holes in the scientific community.