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I concluded; black holes don’t exist' Richard A. Muller, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California at Berkeley

‘I continue to be impressed by how much [Dr Mitra has] learned and how much work [he has] done. I admire [his] courageous stand in seeking the truth, wherever it may’ Fred Cooperstock, former Professor, University of Victoria

‘He has shown with calculations that black holes are not what cosmologists and physicists think them to be’ K.D. Krori, Cosmologist and former Professor, Cotton University

‘It is a critical discourse on all aspects of Black Holes, delivered with the highest standards of scientific critique’ N. Hari Dass, former Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences

‘I hope that this book would provide a good framework to a wider class of readers motivating further studies on the subject’ Daya Shankar Kulashrestha, former head, Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi

‘This book is a revolution in itself. The author has fantastically written the "truth" in an articulated manner…The reader just keeps on flipping the pages in an excitement to know more’ Rishab Naakra, Founder of the astrophysics blog ‘The Secrets of the Universe’

Black holes have turned out to be the cornerstone of both physics and popular belief. What if we were to realize that exact black holes cannot exist even though their existence is apparently suggested by exact general relativistic solutions? And that, though Roger Penrose shared the Physics Nobel of 2020 ‘for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity’ it is difficult to provide evidence? While it might seem far-fetched to claim so, it will be worth remembering that the finest theoretical physicists like Albert Einstein and Paul Dirac did not believe in black holes, and Stephen Hawking finally thought that there are no exact black holes.

While the black hole paradigm has become commonplace in popular consciousness, in the last decade, noises have increasingly grown about the many physical effects which can inhibit the formation of exact mathematical black holes. In this book, Abhas Mitra shows us how, much before these developments, in the 1980s, he had shown why the so-called ‘black holes’ must only be black hole pretenders. He identified these ‘black hole’ candidates to be Magnetospheric Eternally Collapsing Objects (MECOs), and along with Darryl J. Leiter and Stanley L. Robertson generalized them. Recent evidences for existence of strong magnetic fields around so-called black holes may be confirming his prediction.

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Title: The Rise And Fall Of The Black Hole Paradigm
Author: Abhas Mitra
Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
ISBN: 9789389104141
SKU: BK0425844
EAN: 9789389104141
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

Abhas Mitra is a member of International Astronomical Union, and a former full member of the American Astronomical Society. He headed the Theoretical Astrophysics Section of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai during 2005 - 15. In 1989, he won the 1st Prize in Young Physicist Colloquium organized by Indian Physical Society. He has authored, mostly single handedly, more than one hundred research papers and articles on a wide range of topics ranging from High Energy Astrophysics to General Relativity to Cosmology. He has delivered 9 TEDx talks and has been invited as Chief Guest or Invited Speaker in many Techno Management festivals of several Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institutes of Technology and Birla Institutes of Technology. Times of India (Kolkata) described him as one of the TRAILBLAZERS in its year-end annual survey in 2015 and that same year the lifestyle magazine The Label declared him as the sixth among most talked about Indian Men of 2015. The research on MECOs is an ongoing field of research to provide an alternative to black holes and Mitra’s work forms a crucial beginning to this concept.

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