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The edge of infinity : supermassive black holes in the universe

Author: Fulvio Melia
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the past, they were recognized as the most destructive force in nature. Now, following a cascade of astonishing discoveries, supermassive black holes have undergone a dramatic shift in paradigm. Astronomers are finding out that these objects may have been critical to the formation of structure in the early universe, spawning bursts of star formation, planets, and even life itself. They may have contributed as  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Fulvio Melia
ISBN: 0521814057 9780521814058
OCLC Number: 51818533
Description: ix, 148 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The most powerful objects in the universe --
1.1. Beacons at the edge of reality --
1.2. The host galaxies of quasars --
1.3. The active nuclei of "normal" galaxies --
2. Weighing supermassive objects --
2.1. Accretion of plasma --
2.2. Deciphering the signal from the infalling gas --
2.3. The center of our galaxy --
3. The black hole spacetime --
3.1. The inexorable force of gravity --
3.2. Unseen dimensions --
3.3. Matter's futile resistance to total collapse --
3.4. The black hole spacetime --
3.5. Rotating black holes --
4. Formation of supermassive black holes --
4.1. Primordial seeds --
4.2. Galaxy types --
4.3. The supermassive black hole census --
4.4. Galaxy collisions --
4.5. Collision of Andromeda with the Milky Way --
4.6. Middleweight black holes --
5. Relativistic ejection of plasma --
5.1. Imaging supermassive black holes --
5.2. Jets from supermassive black holes --
5.3. Faster than light motion --
6. Supermassive black holes in the universe --
6.1. The Hubble Deep Field --
6.2. The Chandra Deep Filed --
6.3. The universe aglow --
6.4. Future directions --
6.5. Is the universe itself a big black hole? --
6.6. Ultimate fate.
Responsibility: Fulvio Melia.
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