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Book Recommendations

  1. Dec 2, 2011 #1
    I've read a few general physics books by Hawkings, Brain Greene, etc, but am looking for more of an astronomy/astrophysics book - namely one that talks more about the universe itself; black holes, quasars, and the like (rather then general theory).

    Any must read recommendations?

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  3. Dec 2, 2011 #2
    I would suggest Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip Thorne
  4. Dec 3, 2011 #3
    thanks, i will def check it out.

    any others?
  5. Dec 3, 2011 #4


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    I recommend The Extravagant Universe by Robert P. Kirshner. It is fairly inexpensive, but, well written and not exhaustively technical. If you are interested in a serious discussion on how science is done, this is a winner. Another good selection more specific to black hole is Exploring Black Holes: Introduction to General Relativity by Taylor and Wheeler. It is more expensive and technical, but, also well written.
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  6. Dec 4, 2011 #5
    Thanks for the recommendations. Ive had Exploring Black Holes on my radar for a while but heard it was quite technical (equations etc) and that I should read Taylor and Wheelers 'Sapcetime Physics' first?
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