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Where God divides by zero

  • Stephen Webb
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Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Abstract

How do you study something that is, by definition, impossible to see? That’s the quandary faced by astrophysicists interested in black holes. The singularity itself – the point inside a black hole where the laws of physics break down – remains the most enigmatic monster in the astronomical bestiary. But as for the other properties of black holes – well, astrophysicists have learned lots about them. The key to unlocking the secrets of black holes is to look at them through X-ray telescopes.

Keywords

Black Hole Neutron Star Event Horizon Accretion Disk White Dwarf 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Webb
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  1. 1.University of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

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