Black Hole Survival Guide
Janna Levin

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Narrated By: Janna Levin

Duration: 2 hours and 40 minutes

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'Astrophysics at its sexiest ... packed with revelations ... hugely enjoyable' Sunday Times

What would happen if you fell into a black hole?

Black holes are the most extraordinary phenomenon in the universe, but they are a riddle that confounds our intuitions.

Anything that enters them can never escape, and yet they contain nothing at all. They are bigger on the inside than the outside suggests. They are dark on the outside but not on the inside. They invert time into space and space into time.

Black holes are found throughout the universe. They can be microscopic. They can be billions of times larger than our sun. Our solar system is currently orbiting a black hole 26,000 light years away at a speed of 200 km per second.

In Black Hole Survival Guide physicist and novelist Janna Levin takes you on a journey into a black hole, explaining what would happen to you in there and why. In the process you'll come to see how their mysteries contain answers to some of the most profound questions ever asked about the nature of our universe.

© Janna Levin 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Astrophysics, Popular science, Space exploration, Cosmology & the universe

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Astrophysics at its sexiest ... Just like its subject this book is a seemingly miraculous compression of a vast amount of material into an implausibly small space. It's packed with revelations ... hugely enjoyable

Sunday Times

Gripping, heartbreaking, brilliant

Sunday Times (on Black Hole Blues)

Spectacular ... a near-perfect balance of science, storytelling and insight

New Statesman (on Black Hole Blues)

Wonderful ... Janna Levin has a talent for explaining mind-boggling concepts ... the language is conversational and, in places, rather poetic ... Perhaps the book's greatest draw is the book's survival guide element ... This book will really get you thinking, scratching your head, and eventually understanding the nature of black holes

BBC Sky at Night Magazine

Astonishing ... a splendid book that I recommend to anyone with an interest in the power of human imagination