Many people find attraction with black holes because of their mystifying nature. What is a black hole, how are they described and discovered, and what would happen if you got too close to one are all topics discussed in this Very Short Introduction.
Professor Katherine Blundell examines the contradictory, enigmatic, and fascinating black hole phenomena. She distinguishes between science fact and science fiction by describing their nature and characteristics for both those emerging from the spectacular collapse of heavy stars and the giant black holes located at the centers of galaxies. She also shows the significance of these objects in the cosmos.