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General Relativity General Relativity by Robert M. Wald
. Wald's book is suitable for graduate or advanced undergraduate students in physics who are comfortable with vectors, advanced calculus and geometry. Wald provides treatments of advanced black hole topics such as causality breakdowns, spacetime singularities, black hole thermodynamics and Hawking radiation that are clear and accessible without being simplified. Buy this book

The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time by Stephen Hawking, G. F. Ellis (Contributor)
. This has to be the most difficult book in all of theoretical physics. However, Hawking's insight into black holes and the issues involved in their definition and existence is quite deep and it's worth grinding through his derivations and proofs in order to understand the fine points of black hole physics. Buy this book

Black Holes and Relativistic Stars Black Holes and Relativistic Stars by Robert M. Wald (Editor)
. A comprehensive summary of progress made during the past decade on the theory of black holes and relativistic stars, this collection includes discussion of structure and oscillations of relativistic stars, the use of gravitational radiation detectors, observational evidence for black holes, cosmic censorship, numerical work related to black hole collisions, the internal structure of black holes, black hole thermodynamics, information loss and other issues related to the quantum properties of black holes, and recent developments in the theory of black holes in the context of string theory. Buy this book

Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime and Black Hole Thermodynamics (Chicago Lectures in Physics) by by Robert M. Wald (Editor)
. In this book, Robert Wald provides a coherent, pedagogical introduction to the formulation of quantum field theory in curved spacetime, the most interesting facet of which is the predicted decay of black holes through quantum Hawking radiation. This book will be accessible to students and researchers who have had introductory courses in general relativity and quantum field theory, and will be of interest to scientists in general relativity and related fields. Buy this book

Lorentzian Wormholes Lorentzian Wormholes: From Einstein to Hawking by Matt Visser
. The author draws on pivotal work by Einstein, Wheeler, Morris, Thorne, Hawking, and others to explore the science behind the science fiction, concluding that it is possible to deduce the physical properties of such theoretical exotica as wormholes and time travel. Of interest to physicists, students of general relativity, cosmology, quantum physics, or any reader with a background in physics. Buy this book

The Mathematical Theory of Black Holes (Oxford Classic Texts in the Physical Sciences) by S. Chandrasekhar
. This is a classic book by legendary Indian theoretical physicist Subramanyan Chandrasekhar. Chandrasekhar was the first physicist to seriously proposed that real stars could collapse to become black holes, and for delivering this challenging wisdom to the heavyweights of his field, the young physicist nearly paid with his career. This is a classic text, although modern readers may find the old-fashioned notation ponderous. Buy this book

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