Black Hole Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

  title={Black Hole Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics},
  author={S. Carlip},
  journal={Lecture Notes in Physics},
  • S. Carlip
  • Published 2008
  • Physics
  • Lecture Notes in Physics
  • We have known for more than 30 years that black holes behave as thermo- dynamic systems, radiating as black bodies with characteristic temperatures and entropies. This behavior is not only interesting in its own right; it could also, through a statistical mechanical description, cast light on some of the deep prob- lems of quantizing gravity. In these lectures, I review what we currently know about black hole thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, suggest a rather speculative "universal… CONTINUE READING
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