Some ideas seem so outlandish that they meet irrational resistance from even the most brilliant minds. When a young Indian student discovered in 1930 that stars could shrink to nothing and disappear completely from the universe, nobody would take him seriously. But the student was right: he had discovered black holes.
Subramanian Chandrasekhar became a Nobel prizewinning astrophysicist. Empire of the Stars tells of his struggle to overcome not just the resistance of a sceptical scientific community, but the social prejudices of 1930s England, as personified by Sir Arthur Eddington, the grand old man of British astrophysics.
Stars are balls of hot