Black Holes: Theory and Observation

Proceedings of the 179th W.E. Heraeus Seminar Held at Bad Honnef, Germany, 18-22 August 1997

  • Editors
  • Friedrich W. Hehl
  • Claus Kiefer
  • Ralph J.K. Metzler
Conference proceedings

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 514)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Jean-Pierre Luminet
    Pages 3-34
  3. Jörn Wilms, Roland Speith, Christopher S. Reynolds
    Pages 69-79
  4. Norbert Straumann
    Pages 111-156
  5. Markus Heusler
    Pages 157-186
  6. Darío Núñiez, Hernando Quevedo, Daniel Sudarsky
    Pages 187-198
  7. Edward Seidel
    Pages 244-266
  8. Bahram Mashhoon
    Pages 269-284
  9. Franz E. Schunck, Andrew R. Liddle
    Pages 285-288
  10. Yuri N. Obukhov, Friedrich W. Hehl
    Pages 289-316
  11. Gernot Neugebauer
    Pages 319-338
  12. Werner Israel
    Pages 364-382
  13. Andreas Wipf
    Pages 385-415
  14. Gerard 't Hooft
    Pages 451-477
  15. Werner Collmar, Norbert Straumann, Sandip K. Chakrabarti, Gerard 't Hooft, Edward Seidel, Werner Israel
    Pages 481-489
  16. Pages 491-507
  17. Back Matter

About these proceedings


Einstein's gravitational theory predicts the existence of black holes, objects so dense that light cannot escape their gravitational field. Several types of black hole may exist: mini black holes, stellar black holes, and supermassive black holes with millions of solar masses. Experimental evidence for the existence of stellar and supermassive black holes continues to mount, so what was once considered to be science! fiction, has now become reality.
This book gives a broad comprehensive introduction and, at the same time, an overview of all aspects of black hole physics. It should be comprehensible to all students in physics, astrophysics, and mathematics. A well-illustrated introduction, selected exercises, and a number of pictures and diagrams help to make the content more accessible. The text discusses observations of black holes in galactic centres and binary systems, a theory of accretion disks, the general relativistic description of black holes, as well as the thermodynamics of black holes and Hawking radiation.


astrophysics black hole black holes dynamics general relativity physics quantum theory relativity theory of relativity thermodynamics

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-65158-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-49535-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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