## Space, Time, and Gravity: The Theory of the Big Bang and Black HolesWriting for the general reader or student, Wald has completely revised and updated this highly regarded work to include recent developments in black hole physics and cosmology. Nature called the first edition "a very readable and accurate account of modern relativity physics for the layman within the unavoidable constraint of almost no mathematics. . . . A well written, entertaining and authoritative book." |

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User Review - name99 - LibraryThingA remarkably good book, certainly the best pop physics book I've read in the GR field, and perhaps ever. In most respects the author was far more careful than most to hedge his speculations, to ... Read full review

### Contents

Special Relativity | 13 |

General Relativity | 29 |

The Big Bang | 41 |

The Evolution of Our Universe | 59 |

Stellar Evolution | 73 |

Gravitational Collapse to Black Holes | 85 |

Energy Extraction from Black Holes | 103 |

The Astrophysics of Black Holes | 115 |

Quantum Particle Creation near Black Holes | 127 |

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