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3. Characterizing black holes

3. Characterizing black holes  

Katherine Blundell

in Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191781612
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10.1093/actrade/9780199602667.003.0003
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‘Characterizing black holes’ describes the two different types of black holes: Schwarzschild black holes that do not rotate and Kerr black holes that do. The only distinguishing ... More
7. Eating more and growing bigger

7. Eating more and growing bigger  

Katherine Blundell

in Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191781612
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10.1093/actrade/9780199602667.003.0007
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How do black holes grow? There is a lot of matter orbiting around a black hole and this matter can interact with itself, but must observe the laws of gravity and conservation of angular ... More
Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction

Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction  

Katherine Blundell

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191781612
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10.1093/actrade/9780199602667.001.0001
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9780199602667
Black holes are a constant source of fascination to many due to their mysterious nature. Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction addresses a variety of questions, including what a black hole ... More
5. Planetary systems

5. Planetary systems  

James Binney

in Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191814273
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10.1093/actrade/9780198752851.003.0005
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Since 1995, roughly a thousand extra-solar planetary systems have been discovered, and the process of understanding how these systems formed and evolved to their present states is having a ... More
2. Planet Earth

2. Planet Earth  

William Lowrie

in Geophysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191834707
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10.1093/actrade/9780198792956.003.0002
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Two important physical laws determine the behaviour of the Earth as a planet and the relationship between the Sun and its planets: the law of conservation of energy and the law of ... More
4. Accretion

4. Accretion  

James Binney

in Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191814273
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10.1093/actrade/9780198752851.003.0004
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The principle of angular momentum conservation was crucial for the creation of the disc of the Milky Way and plays a large role in many of the most exotic and luminous objects in the ... More
7. Galaxies

7. Galaxies  

James Binney

in Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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9780191814273
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10.1093/actrade/9780198752851.003.0007
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‘Galaxies’ describes galaxy morphology, the chemical evolution of galaxies, and stellar dynamics. A galaxy consists of a huge number of point masses—stars and dark matter—that move freely ... More
Geophysics: A Very Short Introduction

Geophysics: A Very Short Introduction  

William Lowrie

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191834707
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10.1093/actrade/9780198792956.001.0001
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9780198792956
Geophysics is the physics of the Earth. It encompasses areas such as seismology, plate tectonics, gravity, and the Earth’s magnetic field, all of which give clues to both the structure and ... More
5. Gravity and the figure of the Earth

5. Gravity and the figure of the Earth  

William Lowrie

in Geophysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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9780191834707
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10.1093/actrade/9780198792956.003.0005
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9780198792956
‘Gravity and the figure of the Earth’ discusses the measurement of gravity and its variation at the Earth’s surface and with depth. Gravity is about 0.5 per cent stronger at the poles than ... More
1. Big ideas

1. Big ideas  

James Binney

in Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191814273
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10.1093/actrade/9780198752851.003.0001
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Isaac Newton laid the foundations of astrophysics when he showed that it is possible to obtain precise quantitative predictions from appropriately defined physical laws. To do this, he had ... More
Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction

Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction  

James Binney

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Mar 2016
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Mar 2016
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9780191814273
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10.1093/actrade/9780198752851.001.0001
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9780198752851
Astrophysics is the physics of the stars and, more widely, the Universe. It explores the structure and evolution of planetary systems, stars, galaxies, interstellar gas, and the cosmos as a ... More

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