This book provides an accessible introduction to the fascinating and topical subject of black holes. It bridges the gap between popular non-mathematical expositions and advanced research texts, using simple undergraduate level calculations and the most basic knowledge of relativity to explain current research. This means the theory can be understood by a wide audience of physicists, including those who are not necessarily interested in learning higher-level mathematical techniques.The third edition links more of the current research trends to fundamental aspects of the physics of black holes. Additionally: This new edition introduces a chapter dedicated to a selection of recent results. Existing chapters have been updated and new explanatory material has been added to aid in the understanding of the physics.This book is recommended reading for advanced undergraduate students and first-year postgraduates who will find it a useful stepping-stone to the advanced literature.
Brief Overview of General Relativity; The Schwarzschild Metric; The Kerr Metric; Black Hole Thermodynamics; The Quantum Properties of Black Holes Without a Full Quantum Field Theory Treatment; Wormholes and Time Travel; Black Holes in Higher Dimensions; The Observational Evidence for Black Holes in Nature; Answers to the Problems;