Monster of the Milky Way

Links & Books


Black Holes: Gravity's Relentless Pull
This impressive Web site offers an interactive exploration of the astronomy and physics of black holes as well as a glossary and encyclopedia of related topics. Flash player version 6 or higher is required.

Introduction to Black Holes
The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge provides a brief introduction to black holes, the big bang, cosmic radiation, and other astronomical topics.

NASA's Imagine the Universe!
This approachable NASA Web site offers a wealth of information on black holes, the electromagnetic spectrum, dark matter, and more.

Amazing Space
The Amazing Space Web site is a user-friendly hub for information on all things celestial. Be sure to check out its student-minded "homework help" section and its monthly video tours of the night sky.

Black Holes
How would a superstring theorist explain a black hole? Find a basic answer on this page from the official string theory Web site. An advanced explanation is also available for those prepared to tackle space-time geometry.


Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy
by Kip S. Thorne. W.W. Norton & Company, 1995.

Black Holes, Wormholes & Time Machines
By Jim Al-Khalili. Taylor & Francis, 1999.

The Lighter Side of Gravity
By Jayant V. Narlikar. W.H. Freedman & Company, 1982.

Cosmic Horizons: Astronomy at the Cutting Edge
edited by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Steven Soter. New Press, 2001.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ESI-0337286.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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