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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The Schwarzschild Black Hole
Scalar Wave Equation in a Schwarzschild Background
Quantum Fields in Rindler Space
Entropy of the Free Quantum Field in Rindler Space
Thermodynamics of Black Holes
The Stretched Horizon
The Laws of Nature
The Puzzle of Information Conservation in Black Hole
Horizons and the UVIR Connection
Entropy Bounds
The Holographic Principle and Anti de Sitter Space
Black Holes in a Box
Entropy of Strings and Black Holes

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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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