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The Mathematical Theory of Black Holes

Series: Oxford Classic Texts in the Physical Sciences

By: S Chandrasekhar

Clarendon Press

Paperback | Dec 1998 | Edition: 2 | #83385 | ISBN: 0198503709
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First published in 1983, The Mathematical Theory of Black Holes is one of the great modern classics of relativity theory. It details one of the most beautiful areas of mathematical physics; the theory of black holes.

"There is no doubt in my mind that this book is a masterpiece [...] beautifully written and well-presented."
- Roger Penrose, Nature

"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 similarities and 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


1: Mathematical preliminaries
2: A space-time of sufficient generality
3: The Schwarzchild space-time
4: The perturbations of the Schwarzchild black hole
5: The Reissner-Nordstrom solution
6: The Kerr metric
7: The geodesics in the Kerr space-time
8: Electromagnetic waves in Kerr geometry
9: The gravitational perturbations of the Kerr black hole
10: Spin-1/2 particles in Kerr geometry
11: Other solutions
12: Other methods

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