Black Holes: Thermodynamics, Information, and Firewalls by Robert B. Mann

By Robert B. Mann

This publication displays the resurgence of curiosity within the quantum homes of black holes, culminating so much lately in controversial discussions approximately firewalls. On the thermodynamic side, it describes how new developments allowed the inclusion of pressure/volume phrases within the first legislation, resulting in a brand new figuring out of black holes as chemical structures, experiencing novel phenomena resembling triple issues and reentrant part transitions. at the quantum-information side, the reader learns how basic arguments undergirding quantum complementarity were proven to be unsuitable; and the way this suggests that a black gap may well encompass itself with a firewall: a violent and chaotic area of hugely excited states. In this thorough and pedagogical remedy, Robert Mann strains those new advancements from their roots to our present-day realizing, highlighting their relationships and the demanding situations they current for quantum gravity.

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