Brian Cox on black holes for William Collins

Rights - NonFiction Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Star astronomer Professor Brian Cox collaborates with Professor Jeff Forshaw for Black Holes, 'a brilliant exploration of these amazing objects'

Myles Archibald, publishing director at William Collins, bought world rights from Martin Redfern at Northbank Talent Management, and in the US the book was acquired by executive editor Peter Hubbard at William Morrow; simultaneous publication is set for 2021. News of the deal comes a week after astronomers revealed the first ever photograph of a black hole

According to the acquisition statement; 'Lying at the centre of every galaxy are the strangest objects in the Universe: black holes. Of extraordinary density and huge gravitational pull, no matter or even light can escape their grasp. As stars whirl like water in a plug hole around their edge, they release energy in the form of light, before the stars reach the event horizon and disappear forever. As well as being at the centre of galaxies they are also at the centre of current research in theoretical physics and astrophysics: they are the perfect laboratory where extreme physics takes place. Understanding them remains a holy grail.

'Black Holes by Professor Brian Cox and Professor Jeff Forshaw will be a brilliant exploration of these amazing objects – how they are formed and why they continue to confirm that Einstein’s theory of general relativity is such a brilliant explanation of the Universe around us.'

The authors said: "Black holes are not only the most exotic objects in the Universe, understanding them offers us a unique window into some very profound physics. What is information? How are gravity and quantum theory unified? What is empty space? As with our other books, we will provide a serious treatment of the science that is genuinely accessible to the public. We are very grateful for the support of William Collins and are looking forward to the challenge of distilling what is probably the most exciting frontier in fundamental physics."

Archibald says: "The detection of gravity waves from the collision of two black holes and now the first ever picture have revealed just what an extraordinary object a black hole is. They are the physical objects that manifest some of the most pressing problems in physics and Brian and Jeff are the perfect authors to bring together a whole myriad of complicated concepts with clarity. I am delighted that they have chosen William Collins to be the publisher of this book. I am also delighted that after five bestsellers, we now have all of Brian’s future books on the list.’

Professor Brian Cox OBE (pictured, left) is a particle physicist, a Royal Society research fellow, a professor at the University of Manchester as well as researcher on the ATLAS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. He is best known as a science broadcaster and presenter of the popular BBC Wonders trilogy, Human Universe, Forces of Nature and Stargazing Live.

Professor Jeff Forshaw is professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Manchester, specialising in the physics of elementary particles. He has been awarded the Institute of Physics’ Maxwell Medal for outstanding contributions to theoretical physics, and its Kelvin Medal for helping the general public understand complex ideas in physics.

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