Black Holes: A General Introduction
Abstract
Our understanding of space and time is probed to its depths by black holes. These objects, which appear as a natural consequence of general relativity, provide a powerful analytical tool able to examine macroscopic and microscopic properties of the universe. This introductory article presents in a pictorial way the basic concepts of black hole's theory, as well as a description of the astronomical sites where black holes are suspected to lie, namely binary Xray sources and galactic nuclei.
 Publication:

Black Holes: Theory and Observation
 Pub Date:
 1998
 DOI:
 10.1007/9783540495352_1
 arXiv:
 arXiv:astroph/9801252
 Bibcode:
 1998LNP...514....3L
 Keywords:

 Astrophysics;
 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
 EPrint:
 LateX 32 pages, 23 Postscript figures, uses lamuphys.sty. To appear in BLACK HOLES : THEORY AND OBSERVATION, Springer, 1998