I propose to collect here some links which may be over the head of most PF users, but which should be invaluable for SA/Ms who feel the need to quickly brush up before addressing some thorny question involving the concept of certain topics related to gtr. In this post,(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

[size=+3]Useful Background Reading on Black Holes[/size]

[size=+2]Overviews:[/size]

http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/9801252

Black Holes : A General Introduction

Authors: Jean-Pierre Luminet

http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0510072

The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment

Authors: Clifford M. Will

http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0504086

Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary

Authors: Clifford M. Will

[size=+2]Selected textbook explanations of geometry of Schwarzschild Geometry:[/size]

Misner, Thorne & Wheeler, Gravitation, chapter 31

Stephani, General Relativity, chapter 22

Schutz, A First Course in General Relatity, chapter 11

Dirac, General Relativity, chapter 19

Carroll, Spacetime and Geometry, section 5.7

De Felice and Clarke, Relavity on Curved Manifolds, section 10.5

Plebanski and Krasinksi, General Relativity and Cosmology, section 14.11

DInverno, Introducing Einstein's Relativity, section 17.2

Ludvigsen, General Relativity, section 13.4

Wald, General Relativity, section 6.4

[size=+2]Reviews of Observational Evidence:[/size]

http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0701228

Experimental Evidence of Black Holes

Authors: Andreas Mueller

http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0506078

Black Holes in Astrophysics

Authors: Ramesh Narayan

http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0310692

Evidence for the Black Hole Event Horizon

Authors: Ramesh Narayan

http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0306439

Observational evidence for supermassive black hole binaries

Authors: Stefanie Komossa (MPE Garching)

[size=+2]Bibliographies:[/size]

http://arxiv.org/abs/0806.2316

Resource Letter BH-2: Black Holes

Elena Gallo, Don Marolf

http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0211084

Resource Letter GrW-1: Gravitational Waves

Authors: Joan M. Centrella

[size=+2]Proposed new tests of strong-field gravitation:[/size]

http://arxiv.org/abs/0711.1677

Testing the general relativistic ''no-hair'' theorems using the galactic center black hole SgrA*

Authors: Clifford M. Will

[size=+2]Reviews of numerical simulations of BH mergers:[/size]

http://arxiv.org/abs/1001.5161

The Current Status of Binary Black Hole Simulations in Numerical Relativity

Authors: Ian Hinder

http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0410121

The art and science of black hole mergers

Authors: Bernard F. Schutz

[size=+2]Reviews of thermodynamics of black holes:[/size]

http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0401160

The entropy of black holes: a primer

Authors: Thibault Damour

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Debunkings of Cranky Claims about Black Holes Which Often Turn Up in PF

Note: the claims I have in mind have been made in

- provably incorrect papers published long ago by Abrams (and recently posted to the arXiv by his son),
- provably incorrect arXiv eprints by Antoci, Loinger, Mitra, Leiter & Stanley Robertson, mostly repeating the claims of Abrams
- various web writings by Crothers

http://www.arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0608033

On singularities, horizons, invariants, and the results of Antoci, Liebscher and Mihich (GRG 38, 15 (2006) and earlier)

Authors: Malcom A. H. MacCallum

Personal letter from MAH to SJC

[/PLAIN] [Broken]Code (Text):[PLAIN]http://www.sjcrothers.plasmaresources.com/letter-9.pdf

[size=+1]Warning![/size]

The domain plasmaresources.com is registered to Crothers, and there are scary reasons why SA/Ms should not surf there without having first taken some precautions:

I wrote out the link using "code" tags rather than "link" so that no-one will click on this by mistake. If you want to know more about the potential hazards of surfing to certain cranksites, please shoot me a PM with your public key.

- secure your browser (at the very least, use NoScript in Firefox or Iceweasel; better yet, use wget with a live CD to fetch the file).
- use Tor or another proxy service to hide the IP address of your computer (it is possible to "torify" wget and curl).
- use a malware scanner to examine the file before opening the file with kpdf or another pdf reader (pdfs are currently a major malware vector, and there is good reason to think the website in question may be particularly hazardous).

Plebanski and Krasinski, General Relativity and Cosmology, footnote on p. 175, referring to the translation by Antoci and Liebscher of Schwarzschild's 1916 paper introducting the Schwarzschild vacuum solution, "the editorial note to it [by the translator's] makes incorrect claims about its interpretation"; the "note" is a paper by Antoci and Liebscher which accompanied the translation and which repeats the incorrect claims of Abrams/Antoci/Loinger/Mitra/Crothers/&c. P&K don't bother to justify their remark, whose truth will be obvious to any good student, but this citation lends credibility to my claim that no knowledgable persons take seriously the mistaken claims of Abrams/Antoci/Loinger/Mitra/Crothers/&c.

Some posts by Steve Carlip (an editor of Classical and Quantum Gravity):

http://sci.tech-archive.net/Archive/sci.physics.relativity/2006-10/msg01599.html

http://sci.tech-archive.net/Archive/sci.physics.relativity/2006-10/msg01599.html

http://sci.tech-archive.net/Archive/sci.physics.relativity/2006-10/msg01717.html

Some posts by Tom Roberts (high-energy physicist then with Fermilab):

http://sci.tech-archive.net/Archive/sci.physics.relativity/2006-10/msg01543.html

http://sci.tech-archive.net/Archive/sci.physics.relativity/2006-10/msg01660.html

http://sci.tech-archive.net/Archive/sci.physics.relativity/2006-10/msg01770.html

Some posts by John Baez (mathematical physicist and expositor extraordinaire):

http://sci.tech-archive.net/Archive/sci.physics.relativity/2004-08/3482.html

http://sci.tech-archive.net/Archive/sci.physics.relativity/2004-08/3712.html

Some posts by Ayse H. Bilge (Turkish physicist, has published on gravitation)

http://arxiv.org/find/gr-qc/1/au:+Bilge_A/0/1/0/all/0/1

http://sci.tech-archive.net/Archive/sci.physics.relativity/2006-07/msg01175.html[/QUOTE]

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