Introduction to Black Holes, Information and the String Theory Revolutionn: The Holographic Universe

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Over the last decade the physics of black holes has been revolutionized by developments that grew out of Jacob Bekenstein's realization that black holes have entropy. This revolution has culminated in a remarkable principle called "the holographic principle," which is now a major focus of attention in gravitational research, quantum field theory and elementary particle physics. Leonard Susskind, one of the co-inventors of the holographic principle as well as one of the founders of string theory, develops and ...
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Overview

Over the last decade the physics of black holes has been revolutionized by developments that grew out of Jacob Bekenstein's realization that black holes have entropy. This revolution has culminated in a remarkable principle called "the holographic principle," which is now a major focus of attention in gravitational research, quantum field theory and elementary particle physics. Leonard Susskind, one of the co-inventors of the holographic principle as well as one of the founders of string theory, develops and explains these concepts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812561312
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 183
  • Sales rank: 646,239
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Black holes and quantum mechanics 1
1 The Schwarzschild black hole 3
2 Scalar wave equation in a Schwarzschild background 25
3 Quantum fields in Rindler space 31
4 Entropy of the free quantum field in Rindler space 43
5 Thermodynamics of black holes 51
6 Charged black holes 55
7 The stretched horizon 61
8 The laws of nature 69
9 The puzzle of information conservation in black hole environments 81
10 Horizons and the UV/IR connection 95
Pt. 2 Entropy bounds and holography 99
11 Entropy bounds 101
12 The holographic principle and anti de Sitter space 127
13 Black holes in a box 141
Pt. 3 Black holes and strings 149
14 Strings 151
15 Entropy of strings and black hole 165
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