by Alessandro Fabbri and José Navarro-Salas, Imperial College Press. Hardback ISBN 1860945279 £34 ($55).
This book gives a detailed and pedagogical presentation of the Hawking effect and its physical implications, and then discusses the backreaction problem, especially in relation to exactly solvable semiclassical models that analytically describe black-hole evaporation. The book aims to link the general relativistic viewpoint on black-hole evaporation and the new CFT-type approaches. The discussion on backreaction effects is valuable for graduate students and researchers in gravitation, high-energy physics and astrophysics.