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MICHELL, LAPLACE AND THE ORIGIN OF THE BLACK HOLE CONCEPT

@article{Montgomery2009MICHELLLA,
  title={MICHELL, LAPLACE AND THE ORIGIN OF THE BLACK HOLE CONCEPT},
  author={Colin Montgomery and Wayne Orchiston and Ian B. Whittingham},
  journal={Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage},
  year={2009},
  volume={12},
  pages={90-96}
}
Black holes are fundamental to our understanding of modern astrophysics, yet the origin of this concept can be traced back to the writings of England’s John Michell and France’s Pierre-Simon Laplace in 1784 and 1796 respectively. Both independently postulated the existence of “non-luminous bodies”, and while Michell used graphical methods to explain his concept, Laplace published a mathematical ‘proof’ in 1799. 

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