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The Shortlist: Einstein's Legacy

“Einstein’s Shadow: A Black Hole, a Band of Astronomers and the Quest to See the Unseeable”

By Seth Fletcher

255 pages. Ecco/HarperCollins. $26.99.

Sometime later this year, if all goes well, the most ghostly image in the history of astronomy will be teased out of petabytes of data — data that was carefully collected in 2017 as it rained down on dozens of radio dishes across the globe. Doing the collecting is an international collaboration known as the Event Horizon Telescope, which will use this data to achieve a simple goal: to take a picture of a black hole. They may have already succeeded. The

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