An Introduction to Black Holes, Information and the String Theory Revolution: The Holographic Universe

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World Scientific, 2005 - Science - 183 pages
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Over the last decade the physics of black holes has been revolutionized by developments that grew out of Jacob Bekenstein's realization that black holes have entropy. Stephen Hawking raised profound issues concerning the loss of information in black hole evaporation and the consistency of quantum mechanics in a world with gravity. For two decades these questions puzzled theoretical physicists and eventually led to a revolution in the way we think about space, time, matter and information. This revolution has culminated in a remarkable principle called “The Holographic Principle”, which is now a major focus of attention in gravitational research, quantum field theory and elementary particle physics. Leonard Susskind, one of the co-inventors of the Holographic Principle as well as one of the founders of String theory, develops and explains these concepts.
 

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Contents

The Schwarzschild Black Hole
3
Scalar Wave Equation in a Schwarzschild Background
25
Quantum Fields in Rindler Space
31
Entropy of the Free Quantum Field in Rindler Space
43
Thermodynamics of Black Holes
51
The Stretched Horizon
61
The Laws of Nature
69
The Puzzle of Information Conservation in Black Hole
81
Horizons and the UVIR Connection
95
Entropy Bounds
101
The Holographic Principle and Anti de Sitter Space
127
Black Holes in a Box
141
Entropy of Strings and Black Holes
165
Bibliography
179
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Leonard Susskind is the Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics at Stanford University. He is the author of The Cosmic Landscape , The Black Hole War, and TheTheoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics. Susskind is a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of numerous prizes including the science writing prize of the American Institute of Physics for his Scientific American article on black holes.

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