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Black Holeby Marcia Bartusiak (Yale, £14.99) Most of us have not only seen a black hole but been inside one—courtesy of Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar. True, physicists don’t expect to find a time-travelling matrix in there, although Nolan’s scientific advisor Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology holds up the possibility of spacetime wormholes, the science fiction staple for making shortcuts to other parts of the universe. Marcia Bartusiak’s thorough, lucid biography of black holes shows how Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity posited how gravity produces these bizarre astrophysical objects. A…

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