Towards a Theory for the Quantum Mechanics of Gravitational Collapse

  • G. ’t Hooft
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 156)


The difficulty in reconciling the principles of general relativity with those of quantum mechanics shows particularly clearly when black holes are compared with elementary particles. In a viable theory these notions should be placed on an equal footing. In this lecture we show that indeed the mathematical structure of modern string theories for elementary particles suggests an interpretation in terms of dynamical properties of the black hole horizon.


Black Hole String Theory Minkowski Space Lorentz Transformation Gravitational Collapse 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. ’t Hooft
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  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUtrechtThe Netherlands

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