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Living Rev Relativ. 2001;4(1):6. doi: 10.12942/lrr-2001-6. Epub 2001 Jul 9.

The Thermodynamics of Black Holes.

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Enrico Fermi Institute and Department of Physics, University of Chicago, 5640 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637-1433 USA.


We review the present status of black hole thermodynamics. Our review includes discussion of classical black hole thermodynamics, Hawking radiation from black holes, the generalized second law, and the issue of entropy bounds. A brief survey also is given of approaches to the calculation of black hole entropy. We conclude with a discussion of some unresolved open issues.

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