Provides an overview of black-hole physics and mathematics. The text is divided into a general introduction and five contributions by scientists specializing in the field. The subjects covered range from the observational and the experimental to the more theoretical and mathematical issues. The material is written at a level suitable for postgraduate students entering the field.

Provides an overview of black-hole physics and mathematics. The text is divided into a general introduction and five contributions by scientists speci...

Gravitational waves (GWs) are a hot topic and promise to play a central role in astrophysics, cosmology, and theoretical physics. Technological developments have led us to the brink of their direct observation, which could become a reality in the coming years. The direct observation of GWs will open an entirely new field: GW astronomy. This is expected to bring a revolution in our knowledge of the universe by allowing the observation of previously unseen phenomena, such as the coalescence of compact objects (neutron stars and black holes), the fall of stars into supermassive black holes,...

Gravitational waves (GWs) are a hot topic and promise to play a central role in astrophysics, cosmology, and theoretical physics. Technological develo...

Branes are solitonic configurations of a string theory that are represented by extended objects in a higher-dimensional space-time. They are essential for a comprehension of the non-perturbative aspects of string theory, in particular, in connection with string dualities. From the mathematical viewpoint, branes are related to several important theories, such as homological mirror symmetry and quantum cohomology. Geometry and Physics of Branes provides an introduction to current research in some of these different areas, both in physics and mathematics. The book opens with a lucid...

Branes are solitonic configurations of a string theory that are represented by extended objects in a higher-dimensional space-time. They are essential...

A very attractive feature of the theory of general relativity is that it is a perfectexampleofa"falsi?able"theory: notunableparameterispresentinthe theory and therefore even a single experiment incompatible with a prediction of the theory would immediately lead to its inevitable rejection, at least in the physical regime of application of the aforementioned experiment. This fact provides additional scienti?c value to one of the boldest and most fascinating achievements of the human intellect ever, and motivates a wealth of e?orts in designing and implementing tests aimed at the falsi?cation...

A very attractive feature of the theory of general relativity is that it is a perfectexampleofa"falsi?able"theory: notunableparameterispresentinthe th...

Dark Matter and Dark Energy offers a compact introduction to cosmological perturbation theory - a fundamental ingredient to understanding dark matter and energy in the universe. Current developments in research and theory are presented.

Dark Matter and Dark Energy offers a compact introduction to cosmological perturbation theory - a fundamental ingredient to understanding dark matt...

This book brings together reviews from leading international authorities on the developments in the study of dark matter and dark energy, as seen from both their cosmological and particle physics side. Studying the physical and astrophysical properties of the dark components of our Universe is a crucial step towards the ultimate goal of unveiling their nature. The work developed from a doctoral school sponsored by the Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravitation. The book starts with a concise introduction to the standard cosmological model, as well as with a presentation of the...

This book brings together reviews from leading international authorities on the developments in the study of dark matter and dark energy, as seen from...

A very attractive feature of the theory of general relativity is that it is a perfectexampleofa"falsi?able"theory:notunableparameterispresentinthe theory and therefore even a single experiment incompatible with a prediction of the theory would immediately lead to its inevitable rejection, at least in the physical regime of application of the aforementioned experiment. This fact provides additional scienti?c value to one of the boldest and most fascinating achievements of the human intellect ever, and motivates a wealth of e?orts in designing and implementing tests aimed at the falsi?cation of...

A very attractive feature of the theory of general relativity is that it is a perfectexampleofa"falsi?able"theory:notunableparameterispresentinthe the...

Based on graduate schoollectures in contemporary relativity and gravitational physics, this bookgives a complete and unified picture of the present status of theoretical and observational properties of astrophysical black holes. The chapters are written by internationally recognized specialists. Theycover general theoretical aspects of black hole astrophysics, the theory of accretion and ejection of gas and jets, stellar-sized black holes observed in the Milky Way, the formation and evolution of supermassive black holes in galactic centers and quasars as well as their influence on the...

Based on graduate schoollectures in contemporary relativity and gravitational physics, this bookgives a complete and unified picture of the present st...

This book presents an overview of the current understanding of gravitation, with a focus on the current efforts to test its theory, especially general relativity. It shows how the quest for a deeper theory, which would possibly incorporate gravity in the quantum realm, is more than ever an open field.

The majority of the contributions deals with the manifold facets of experimental gravitation, but the book goes beyond this and covers a broad range of subjects from the foundations of gravitational theories to astrophysics and cosmology.

The book is divided into three parts. The...

This book presents an overview of the current understanding of gravitation, with a focus on the current efforts to test its theory, especially gene...