Black holes in general relativity

  title={Black holes in general relativity},
  author={Stephen William Hawking},
  journal={Communications in Mathematical Physics},
  • S. Hawking
  • Published 1972
  • Physics
  • Communications in Mathematical Physics
It is assumed that the singularities which occur in gravitational collapse are not visible from outside but are hidden behind an event horizon. This means that one can still predict the future outside the event horizon. A black hole on a spacelike surface is defined to be a connected component of the region of the surface bounded by the event horizon. As time increase, black holes may merge together but can never bifurcate. A black hole would be expected to settle down to a stationary state. It… 

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