By now, you’ve all seen the first ever photo taken of a black hole, a tremendous achievement by the Event Horizon Telescope and indeed by mankind. If you’ve been a club member of Fahrenheit for a while, you’ll remember seeing that last year, Ecco published Einstein’s Shadow: A Black Hole, a Band of Astronomers, and the Quest to See the Unseeable. For this book, journalist Seth Fletcher spent five years following Shep Doeleman and an extraordinary cast of characters as they assembled the Event Horizon Telescope. Here we learned what it really took to snap a photo of a black hole. Einstein’s Shadow is to the Event Horizon’s achievement what Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin was to the discovery of gravitational waves. Want to know more about that blurry donut of fire? Buy Einstein’s Shadow (or wait for it to come out in paperback this October).
- Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes by Chris Impey (published in 2018, paperback coming September 2019)
- The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics by Leonard Susskind (2008)
- 4 Books About Black Holes to Help You Understand the Science and History Behind Them (Bustle)
- Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Nobel laureate Kip Thorne (1994)
- Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays by Stephen Hawking (1993)
- Death by Black Hole And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil de Grasse Tyson (2006)
- Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines (Second Edition by Jim Al-Khalili (2011)