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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (1 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226870278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226870274
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert M. Wald is professor of physics at the University of Chicago and the author of "General Relativity" and "Space, Time, and Gravity," also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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The main goals of these notes are (i) to present a mathematically precise formulation of the theory of quantum fields in curved spacetime, (ii) to present some of the principal results of the theory-particularly the Unruh and Hawking effects-and (iii) to discuss, in depth, some of the ramifications of the Hawking effect, particularly with regard to the remarkable analogy between the laws of black hole physics and the laws of thermodynamics. Read the first page
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Aug. 2000
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It is not so common to find thermodinamics and quantum physics peacefully dwelling together in a science book. The author leads the reader through an approach to how the quantum tools should work in curved space time -a path still with no clear end- naturally arriving to the quite interesting correlation between entropy and the black hole's surface area.
Nevertheless, do not leave this book to the children reach. If you are not familiar with mathematical foundations of quantum physics, you'll find some difficulty to read.
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I had hoped this would be an affordable substitute for Birrell and Davies. Unfortunately, it is no substitute. The presentation is very sketchy and abstract. If you are into algebraic QFT and that sort of stuff then maybe you will like this book more than I did.
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I ordered this physics book for my brother. He informed me that he received it and was apparently very happy with it. This is all I can say relative to this purchase.
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