Black Hole

Asimov, Isaac

Since 1960 the universe has taken on a wholly new face. It has become more exciting, more mysterious, more violent, and more extreme as our knowledge concerning it has suddenly expanded. And the most exciting, most mysterious, most violent, most extreme phenomena of all has the simplest, plainest, calmest, and mildest name—nothing more than a "black hole."

The Collapsing Universe Chapter 1 (p. 1)

Gardner, Martin

The healthy side of the black-hole craze is that it reminds us of how little science knows, and how vast is the realm about which science knows nothing.

Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus Seven Books on Black Holes (p. 343)

Our entire universe may slowly stop expanding, go into a contracting phase, and finally disappear into a black hole, like an acrobatic elephant jumping into its anus.

Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus Seven Books on Black Holes (p. 336)

Koestler, Arthur

Young Archie, the intrepid mole, Went down to explore a Black Hole. A stark singularity, Devoid of all charity, Devoured the mole as a whole.

In Bernard Dixon (ed.) From Creation to Chaos Cosmic Limerick (p. 108)

Lasota, Jean-Pierre

Black holes may still be black, but they can no longer hide in disguise. We are learning how to unmask them.

Scientific American Unmasking Black Holes (p. 47) Volume 280, Number 5, May 1999

A huge great big thing, like—like nothing. A huge big—well, like a—I don't know—like an enormous big nothing.

Winnie-the-Pooh Piglet Meets a Heffalump

Thorne, Kip

Of all the conceptions of the human mind, from unicorns to gargoyles to the hydrogen bomb, the most fantastic, perhaps, is the black hole.

Black Holes and Time Warps Prologue (p. 23)

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