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This pedagogical introduction to the physics of black holes emphasizes the “membrane paradigm”, which translates the mathematics and physics of black holes into a form accessible to readers with little knowledge of general relativity but a solid grounding in nonrelativistic physics.  This is accomplished without resort to approximations or loss of content.  Instead of treating a black hole’s “event horizon” as a globally defined null surface in four-dimensional space time, the paradigm views it as a two-dimensional membrane in three-dimensional space.  Made of viscous fluid, electrically charged and conducting, with finite entropy and temperature but no power to conduct heat, this membrane is seen as having familiar properties that enable the reader to understand intuitively and compute quantitatively the behavior of black holes in complex astrophysical environments. 

Hardcover:

9780300037692 | Yale Univ Pr, September 1, 1986, cover price $57.00

Paperback:

9780300037708 | Yale Univ Pr, September 1, 1986, cover price $40.00 | About this edition: This pedagogical introduction to the physics of black holes emphasizes the “membrane paradigm”, which translates the mathematics and physics of black holes into a form accessible to readers with little knowledge of general relativity but a solid grounding in nonrelativistic physics.

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Examines such phenomena as black holes, wormholes, singularities, gravitational waves, and time machines, exploring the fundamental principles that control the universe (view table of contents)

Hardcover:

9780393035056 | W W Norton & Co Inc, April 1, 1994, cover price $30.00 | About this edition: Examines such phenomena as black holes, wormholes, singularities, gravitational waves, and time machines, exploring the fundamental principles that control the universe

Paperback:

9780393312768 | Reprint edition (W W Norton & Co Inc, January 1, 1995), cover price $18.95

Hardcover:

9780521363044 | Cambridge Univ Pr, December 1, 1994, cover price $34.50 | also contains Peace Is Every Step: Library Edition

Paperback:

9780521368537 | Cambridge Univ Pr, December 1, 1994, cover price $14.95

Paperback:

9780486694245 | Reissue edition (Dover Pubns, January 1, 1997), cover price $21.95

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A group of leading physicists--Stephen Hawking, Kip S. Thorne, Igor Novikov, Timothy Ferris, and Alan Lightman--paints a vivid portrait of the possible future of black holes, gravity holes, and time travel in six readable essays that explore the deepest mysteries of the universe. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Hardcover:

9780393020229 | W W Norton & Co Inc, May 1, 2002, cover price $25.95 | About this edition: A group of leading physicists--Stephen Hawking, Kip S.

Paperback:

9780393324464 | Reprint edition (W W Norton & Co Inc, May 1, 2003), cover price $16.95 | About this edition: Presents essays that explore the deepest mysteries of the universe, including black holes, gravity holes, and time travel, by physicists Stephen Hawking, Kip S.

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