The Mathematical Theory of Black Holes

Paperback | June 1, 1998

byS. Chandrasekhar

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Part of the reissued Oxford Classic Texts in the Physical Sciences series, this book was first published in 1983, and has swiftly become one of the great modern classics of relativity theory. It represents a personal testament to the work of the author, who spent several years writing andworking-out the entire subject matter. The theory of black holes is the most simple and beautiful consequence of Einstein's relativity theory. At the time of writing there was no physical evidence for the existence of these objects, therefore all that Professor Chandrasekhar used for their construction were modern mathematical conceptsof space and time. Since that time a growing body of evidence has pointed to the truth of Professor Chandrasekhar's findings, and the wisdom contained in this book has become fully evident.

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Part of the reissued Oxford Classic Texts in the Physical Sciences series, this book was first published in 1983, and has swiftly become one of the great modern classics of relativity theory. It represents a personal testament to the work of the author, who spent several years writing andworking-out the entire subject matter. The theo...

S. Chandrasekhar is at University of Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198503709

ISBN - 13:9780198503705

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Table of Contents

1. Mathematical preliminaries2. A space-time of sufficient generality3. The Schwarzchild space-time4. The perturbations of the Schwarzchild black hole5. The Reissner-Nordstrom solution6. The Kerr metric7. The geodesics in the Kerr space-time8. Electromagnetic waves in Kerr geometry9. The gravitational perturbations of the Kerr black hole10. Spin-1/2 particles in Kerr geometry11. Other solutions12. Other methods

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"Chandrasekhar has provided us with a magisterial text on the classical black holes, outstanding in the depth and detail of its coverage...Throughout, a wealth of mathematical ideas is explained and employed in the process of extracting the properties of these space-times, and the similaritiesand differences between the different black hole space-times are thoroughly treated. This book is an undoubted classic, and wil remain a standard reference work on black holes for many years." Mathematics Today, October 1999