The Mathematical Theory of Black Holes

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First published in 1983, this book 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 and working out the entire subject matter. The theory of black holes is the most simple and beautiful consequence of Einstein's theory of relativity. At the time of writing there was no physical evidence for the existence of these objects, therefore all that the author used for their construction were modern mathematical concepts of space and time. Since the publication of this work a growing body of evidence has pointed to the truth of Chandrasekhar's findings, and the wisdom contained in this book has become fully evident.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
1 Mathematical Preliminaries 3
2 A Space-Time of Sufficient Generality 66
3 The Schwarzschild Space-Time 85
4 The Perturbations of the Schwarzschild Black-Hole 139
5 The Reissner-Nordstrom Solution 205
6 The Kerr Metric 273
7 The Geodesics in the Kerr Space-Time 319
8 Electromagnetic Waves in Kerr Geometry 382
9 The Gravitational Perturbations of the Kerr Black-Hole 430
10 Spin-1/2 Particles in Kerr Geometry 531
11 Other Solutions: Other Methods 563
App Tables of Teukolsky and Associated Functions 625
Epilogue 637
Index 639
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