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Dark Cosmos: In Search of Our Universe's Missing Mass and Energy

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The twentieth century was astonishing in all regards, shaking the foundations of practically every aspect of human life and thought, physics not least of all. Beginning with the publication of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, through the wild revolution of quantum mechanics, and up until the physics of the modern day (including the astonishing revelation, in 1998, that the Universe is not only expanding, but doing so at an ever-quickening pace), much of what physicists have seen in our Universe suggests that much of our Universe is unseen — that we live in a dark cosmos.

Everyone knows that there are things no one can see, for example, the air you're breathing or a black hole, to be more exotic. But not everyone knows that what we can see makes up only 5 percent of the Universe. The rest is totally invisible to us. The invisible stuff comes in two varieties: dark matter and dark energy. One holds the Universe together while the other tears it apart. What these forces really are has been a mystery for as long as anyone has suspected they were there, but the latest discoveries of experimental physics have brought us closer to that knowledge.

Particle physicist Dan Hooper takes his readers, with wit, grace, and a keen knack for explaining the toughest ideas science has to offer, on a quest few would ever have expected: to discover what makes up our dark cosmos.

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"Hooper introduces and briefly analyzes conflicting cosmological theories quintessence theory, anthropic principle, Copernican principle and lightly touches on the theological, nonscientific idea of Intelligent Design." Library Journal

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Dan Hooper is a fellow in the theoretical astrophysics group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, where he investigates dark matter, supersymmetry, neutrinos, extra dimensions, and cosmic rays. Originally from Cold Spring, Minnesota, Dr. Hooper received his PhD at the University of Wisconsin and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Dark Cosmos is his first book.

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Limelite, March 17, 2008 (view all comments by Limelite)
Immerse yourself in the world of dead stars, black holes, MACHOs and WIMPs, cosmic microwave background radiation, and multiple universes. Let your mind enter where the body cannot go, where the hunt is on for the elusive missing mass and energy that must be in our Universe, keeping it flat, relative, and expanding.

In clear, logically progressing prose style that is as natural as conversation, Dan Hooper has written one of the most accessible Modern Physics books for the non-physicist that this reader has ever encountered. The concepts and ideas are organized to allow the reader to make the same intellectual journey of discovery that was earlier forged by such people as Maxwell, Einstein, Fermi, Zwicky, Rubin, Kaluza, Klein, Penzias, and Wilson. Meet them all in the pages of DARK COSMOS.

It's mostly empty out there, and of what you can see, well, that's only 5% of what exists. So, arm yourself by reading this book and come away with a newfound understanding about the 95% that is invisible stuff. Then you'll be ready when the time comes for the World to meet the Responsible Particles of dark matter and dark energy.
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ISBN:
9780061130335
Subtitle:
In Search of Our Universe's Missing Mass and Energy
Author:
Hooper, Dan
Author:
by Dan Hooper
Author:
by Dan Hooper
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
November 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.04x5.38x.62 in. .44 lbs.

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