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A Brief History of Black Holes
A Brief History of Black Holes

A Brief History of Black Holes

And why nearly everything you know about them is wrong



288 Pages, 9.25 x 6

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $39.95)

Publication Date: November 2022

ISBN 9781529086706

Rights: US

Pan Macmillan (Nov 2022)
Macmillan UK

Price: $29.95


Black Holes are the universe’s strangest and most fascinating objectsDr. Becky explains all, and why nearly everything you know about them is wrong.

Right now, you are orbiting a black hole. The Earth goes around the Sun, and the Sun goes around the centre of the Milky Way: a supermassive black hole—the strangest and most misunderstood phenomenon in the galaxy.

In A Brief History of Black Holes University of Oxford astrophysicist Dr. Becky Smethurst charts the scientific breakthroughs that have uncovered the weird and wonderful world of black holes, from the collapse of massive stars to the iconic first photographs of a black hole in 2019. A cosmic tale of discovery, you’ll learn: why black holes aren’t really ‘black,’ that you never ever want to be ‘spaghettified,’ how black holes are more like sofa cushions than hoovers, and why beyond the event horizon, the future is a direction in space rather than in time. Full of wit and learning, this captivating book explains why black holes contain the secrets to the most profound questions about our universe.


‘Bite-sized, cutting edge science delivered with enormous enthusiasm – all you need to travel the cosmos’ —Chris Lintott

‘A lot of astrophysics is packed into this neat little book’ —Jim Al-Khalili

Author Biography

Dr Becky Smethurst is an award-winning astrophysicist and science communicator at the University of Oxford, specialising in how galaxies co-evolve with their supermassive black holes. She was recently awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s Research Fellowship for 2022. Her YouTube channel, Dr Becky, has over 400,000 subscribers who engage with her videos on weird objects in space, the history of science, and monthly recaps of space news.

A Brief History of Black Holes is her second book; her first, Space: 10 Things You Should Know was named one of Sky at Night magazine’s Top 20 books of 2019.