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      The Thermodynamics of Black Holes

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          We review the present status of black hole thermodynamics. Our review includes discussion of classical black hole thermodynamics, Hawking radiation from black holes, the generalized second law, and the issue of entropy bounds. A brief survey also is given of approaches to the calculation of black hole entropy. We conclude with a discussion of some unresolved open issues.

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                30 December 1999
                2000-09-30
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                10.12942/lrr-2001-6
                gr-qc/9912119
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                LivingRev.Rel.4:6,2001
                46 pages, no figures, plain latex file; submitted to Living Reviews in Relativity. Revised version contains numerous minor changes
                gr-qc hep-th

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