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Gravitational Collapse



Hoyle and Narlikar1 have recently considered the gravitational contraction of large spherically symmetric masses. They claim that according to the field equations of general relativity a sufficiently large mass must collapse to a space–time singularity, provided that the equation of state of the matter is realistic. Much of their argument is based on the alleged absence of suitable static spherically symmetric interior solutions.

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  1. 1

    Hoyle, F., and Narlikar, J. V., Proc. Roy. Soc., 278, 465 (1964).

  2. 2

    Bonnor, W. B., Z. Phys., 160, 59 (1960).

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