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Dark energy. Dark matter. These strange and invisible substances don't just sound mysterious: their unexpected appearance in the cosmic census is upending long-held notions about the nature of the Universe. Astronomers have long known that the Universe is expanding, but everything they could see indicated that gravity should be slowing this spread. Instead, it appears that the Universe is accelerating its expansion and that something stronger than gravity--dark energy--is at work. In Einstein's TelescopeEvalyn Gates, a University of Chicago astrophysicist, transports us to the edge of contemporary science to explore the revolutionary tool that unlocks the secrets of these little-understood cosmic constituents. Based on Einstein's theory of general relativity, gravitational lensing, or "Einstein's Telescope," is enabling new discoveries that are taking us toward the next revolution in scientific thinking--one that may change forever our notions of where the Universe came from and where it is going.

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"Splendidly satisfying reading, designed for a nonspecialist audience."--, starred review

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Evalyn Gates, a talented astrophysicist, transports readers to the edge of contemporary science to explore the revolutionary tool--"Einstein's telescope"--that is unlocking the secrets of the Universe. Einstein's telescope, or gravitational lensing, is so-called for the way gravity causes space to distort and allow massive objects to act like "lenses," amplifying and distorting the images of objects behind them. By allowing for the detection of mass where no light is found, scientists can map out the distribution of dark matter and come a step closer to teasing out the effects of dark energy on the Universe--which may forever upend long-held notions about where the Universe came from and where it is going.

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Evalyn Gates is the assistant director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, a senior research associate at the University of Chicago, and the former astronomy director of the Adler Planetarium. Her writing has appeared in Physics Today and the Chicago Tribune.

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nutmeghan, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by nutmeghan)
For most of us who are not astrophysicists (and even some who are), dark matter is a perplexing matter. It is a subject that is dominated by unusual terms like “missing matter”, “MACHOs” and “WIMPs”. So it is a remarkable feat one someone can take the subject down from the technical level without dumbing it down. Evalyn Gates’ book one of the most coherent and entertaining reads on the subject. The book is remarkably easy to read, with easy-to-follow diagrams and simple yet scientific language. Gates’ expertise shines through with miles of references to journals and well-thought out prose. Her writing style is engaging and passionate, her passion for the subject is apparent and even infectious. As a high school student with zero experience in astrophysics it was the perfect read for formulating my research paper. So go on, give it a go. Dark matter has been illuminated.
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ISBN:
9780393338010
Author:
Gates, Evalyn
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Astrophysics & Space Science
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Physics-Astrophysics
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Publication Date:
20100231
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pages of color; 40 b/w illustrations
Pages:
320
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8.25x5.50x.94 in. .62 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "Splendidly satisfying reading, designed for a nonspecialist audience."--, starred review
"Synopsis" by , Evalyn Gates, a talented astrophysicist, transports readers to the edge of contemporary science to explore the revolutionary tool--"Einstein's telescope"--that is unlocking the secrets of the Universe. Einstein's telescope, or gravitational lensing, is so-called for the way gravity causes space to distort and allow massive objects to act like "lenses," amplifying and distorting the images of objects behind them. By allowing for the detection of mass where no light is found, scientists can map out the distribution of dark matter and come a step closer to teasing out the effects of dark energy on the Universe--which may forever upend long-held notions about where the Universe came from and where it is going.
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