Black holes : an introduction
 Responsibility
 Derek Raine & Edwin Thomas.
 Language
 English.
 Imprint
 London : Imperial College Press ; Singapore ; Hackensack, NJ : Distributed by World Scientific Publishing, c2005.
 Physical description
 xi, 155 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Access
Available online
Engineering Library (Terman)
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Call number  Status 

QB843 .B55 R35 2005  Unknown 
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Creators/Contributors
 Author/Creator
 Raine, Derek J., 1946
 Contributor
 Thomas, E. G. (Edwin George), 1937
Contents/Summary
 Bibliography
 Includes bibliographical references (p. [151]) and index.
 Contents

 # Relativistic Gravity # Spherical Black Holes # Rotating Black Holes # Black Hole Thermodynamics # Astrophysical Black Holes.
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 Publisher's Summary
 This introduction to the fascinating subject of black holes fills a significant gap in the literature, which exists between popular, nonmathematical expositions and advanced textbooks at the research level. It is designed for advanced undergraduates and first year postgraduates as a useful steppingstone to the advanced literature. The book provides an accessible introduction to the exact solutions of Einstein's vacuum field equations, describing spherical and axisymmetric (rotating) black holes. The geometry and physical properties of these spacetimes are explored through the motion of particles and light. The use of different coordinate systems, maximal extensions and Penrose diagrams is explained. The association of the surface area of a black hole with its entropy is discussed and it is shown that with the introduction of quantum mechanics black holes cease to be black and can radiate. This result allows black holes to satisfy the laws of thermodynamics and thus be consistent with the rest of physics.
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Subjects
 Subject
 Black holes (Astronomy)
Bibliographic information
 Publication date
 2005
 ISBN
 1860945864
 1860945880 (pbk.)
 9781860945885 (Pbk.)
 9781860945861