We've long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Analyzing recent research, astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals that these chasms in space-time don't just vacuum up everything that comes near them, they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter. Masterfully explaining the science behind this phenomenon, Scharf considers: Is it coincidental that we find ourselves here at this place and time? And could there be a deeper connection between the nature of black holes and the phenomenon of life?
"Superbly accessible…. Scharf's breathtaking cosmic vision will appeal to anyone whose curiosity is aroused by gazing at a star-filled sky."—Booklist