P C W Davies

The Edge of Infinity

When black holes began to become accepted, and Penrose and Hawking showed that singularities were inevitable, people began to wonder: Would singularities always be hidden behind an event horizon, or would it be possible to find a 'naked' singularity. This is the question Paul Davies considers in 'The edge of infinity'. The book is aimed at the non-technical reader, with the author explaining concepts such as mathematical infinites and the behaviour of black holes as necessary. Hence it is a useful book for those who want a gentle introduction to such subjects.

Davies shows what a peculiar object a naked singularity would be - a region of space-time where the laws of physics break down and so maybe 'anything could happen'. This leads to discussions of a philosophical and even theological nature. I would note that it is now a quarter of a century since the book was written, and so some people might want a more modern book on the subject. However, I didn't find the book particularly dated, with the exception of the chapter on the expansion of the universe, which was written before the acceleration of this expansion was discovered

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Paperback 224 pages  
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Published: 1995 Penguin USA (P)
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Originally published in 1981, this book provides readers with an introduction to the physics of the black hole, the focus of Stephen Hawkin's research and one of the most interesting and challenging areas of modern cosmology.