Monster Black Holes (DVD) c.2009

Summary: Travel to the edge of the known universe and beyond to study how black holes form, grow and their impact on the universe and our future.

Review: The physics behind black holes is pretty intense stuff. For the most part this National Geographic program does a good job of presenting the science behind black holes, what they are and do, in a manner that doesn’t require a PhD…mostly. This is a program that requires the viewer’s attention for every second, and if you wander for a minute you’ll probably have to rewind. As long as you’re willing to roll with that, you’ll enjoy this immensely. The science is well done (as near as I can tell without a degree in Astrophysics), presenting some conflicting theories about black holes, along with evidence supporting or detracting from them. A rarity in TV programs, which usually prefer black and white pronouncements that are too often unfounded.

View and Read-a-likes: For viewers interested in other space programs, another National Geographic offeringFive Years on Mars, might be worth a look. Otherwise, two books at Lake Bluff Public Library, Black Holes, Baby Universes and Other Essays by Stephen Hawking and The Black Hole at the Center of the Universe by Fulvio Melia, offer further reading. For something a little lighter on the math and physics, try Percival’s Planet by Michael Byers.

Availability: This item is available from the Lake Bluff Public Library as a DVD. Click here to check it out!

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