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The Shadow of the Black Hole$
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John W. Moffat

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190650728

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190650728.001.0001

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Gravitation and Black Holes

Gravitation and Black Holes

(p.11) 1 Gravitation and Black Holes
(p.iii) The Shadow of the Black Hole

John W. Moffat

Oxford University Press

Einstein’s theory of general relativity introduced the concept of black holes to physics and astronomy. But, eminent physicists such as Einstein and Eddington did not believe in the existence of black holes. Schwarzschild solved Einstein’s equations and disclosed a possible dark compact object with an event horizon. This is a membrane in spacetime surrounding the object, from which nothing can escape, not even light. The chapter describes the contributions of Chandrasekhar, Kruskal, Wheeler, Oppenheimer, Landau, Kerr, and others to help promote black holes in the physics and astronomy communities. It details ideas about the origins of black holes and the conundrums they still present, such as the singularities (infinitely dense matter) associated with them.

Keywords:   black holes, Schwarzschild, Eddington, Chandrasekhar, Oppenheimer, event horizon, black hole singularities

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