"The science is accurate, and the story is well told in terms of both presenting the history of the investigation of black holes and providing some insights into the scientists themselves. The illustrations placed throughout the volume help readers understand the intricacies associated with these strange phenomena...A glossary and three reading lists, two of them annotated, enable an inquisitive reader to go much further in his or her reading, with the solid foundation of this book as the starting point. An index facilitates the quick location of pertinent discussions.
This title is a very good addition to a school or public library, a teacher?s classroom, or a student?s personal library."
--Science Books & Films (October 2004) (Science Books & Films )
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