Black Holes and Relativistic Stars / Edition 2

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $2.50
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 96%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (20) from $2.50   
  • New (5) from $19.00   
  • Used (15) from $2.50   


Although S. Chandrasekhar convincingly demonstrated the inevitability of gravitational collapse for stellar bodies of sufficient mass more than sixty-five years ago, black holes and neutron stars played a minor role in serious analyses of physical or astrophysical phenomena until the discovery of quasars and pulsars in the 1960s. Today, however, black holes and neutron stars are generally recognized as key components of many astrophysical systems. In addition, black holes now play a central role in our understanding of fundamental gravitational phenomena at both the classical and quantum level.

Based on a symposium held in honor of S. Chandrasekhar, these papers--written by world experts in their fields--provide a comprehensive, up-to-date summary of progress made during the past decade on the theory of black holes and relativistic stars. Black Holes and Relativistic Stars will be of special interest to graduate students and researchers who work in general relativity, astrophysics, and quantum field theory.

Contributors: Valeria Ferrari, John L. Friedman, James B. Hartle, Stephen W. Hawking, Gary T. Horowitz, Werner Israel, Roger Penrose, Martin J. Rees, Rafael D. Sorkin, Saul A. Teukolsky, Kip S. Thorne, Robert M. Wald

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Among the authors of the dozen papers from a December 1996 symposium in Chicago are some of the brightest luminaries in astronomy, including Kip Thorne, Roger Penrose, Stephen Hawking, and James Hartle. Some address black holes and relativistic stars as astrophysical objects and/or as objects whose structure and properties can be understood within the framework of classical general relativity. Others consider black holes as fundamental objects in quantum gravitational physics, and focus on their thermodynamic properties and the possibility of information loss in the process of black hole formation and evaporation. Two contributions pay tribute to S. Chandrasekhar 1910-95. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226870342
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Gravitational Waves, Stars and Black Holes 3
2 Rotating Relativistic Stars 23
3 Probing Black Holes and Relativistic Stars with Gravitational Waves 41
4 Astrophysical Evidence for Black Holes 79
5 The Question of Cosmic Censorship 103
6 Black Hole Collisions, Toroidal Black Holes, and Numerical Relativity 123
7 The Internal Structure of Black Holes 137
8 Black Holes and Thermodynamics 155
9 The Statistical Mechanics of Black Hole Thermodynamics 177
10 Generalized Quantum Theory in Evaporating Black Hole Spacetimes 195
11 Is Information Lost in Black Holes? 221
12 Quantum States of Black Holes 241
Chandra: A Tribute 269
Our Song 273
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)