The Story of Collapsing Stars: Black Holes, Naked Singularities, and the Cosmic Play of Quantum…

Hardcover | January 7, 2015

byPankaj S. Joshi

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This book journeys into one of the most fascinating intellectual adventures of recent decades - understanding and exploring the final fate of massive collapsing stars in the universe. The issue is of great interest in fundamental physics and cosmology today, from both the perspective ofgravitation theory and of modern astrophysical observations. This is a revolution in the making and may be intimately connected to our search for a unified understanding of the basic forces of nature, namely gravity that governs the cosmological universe, and the microscopic forces that includequantum phenomena.According to the general theory of relativity, a massive star that collapses catastrophically under its own gravity when it runs out of its internal nuclear fuel must give rise to a space-time singularity. Such singularities are regions in the universe where all physical quantities take theirextreme values and become arbitrarily large. The singularities may be covered within a black hole, or visible to faraway observers in the universe. Thus, the final fate of a collapsing massive star is either a black hole or a visible naked singularity. We discuss here recent results and developmentson the gravitational collapse of massive stars and possible observational implications when naked singularities happen in the universe. Large collapsing massive stars and the resulting space-time singularities may even provide a laboratory in the cosmos where one could test the unificationpossibilities of basic forces of nature.

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This book journeys into one of the most fascinating intellectual adventures of recent decades - understanding and exploring the final fate of massive collapsing stars in the universe. The issue is of great interest in fundamental physics and cosmology today, from both the perspective ofgravitation theory and of modern astrophysical obs...

Dr Pankaj S. Joshi works as a Senior Professor with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. His research is in the fields of gravitation and cosmology and he has published more than 150 research papers as well as monographs and books on the subject. He has held visiting faculty positions in several countries doing research ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:January 7, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199686769

ISBN - 13:9780199686766

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Table of Contents

1. Our Universe2. Fabric of Space-Time3. Black Holes4. Singularities5. Cosmic Censorship6. Naked Singularities7. Cosmic Conundrums8. Is Our Universe Predictable?9. A Lab for Quantum Gravity10. The Frontiers

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"Pankaj Joshi has written a wonderful book, full of challenges for the reader and also for all physicists! Only in 1998 did dark energy become established, subverting common thought. Joshi takes it all in and he teaches us to 'listen to nature' to figure out how to progress and make the leapto quantum gravity, the final unification of the fundamental forces in nature." --Peter L. Biermannm, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Germany