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“Fascinating . . . One of the most important stories in the history of science.”— Washington Post

In recent years, a handful of scientists has been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only 4 percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown.

Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of how scientists reached this cosmos-shattering conclusion. In vivid detail, he narrates the quest to find the “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called dark energy that make up 96 percent of the universe. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize. Based on hundreds of interviews and in-depth, on-site reporting, the book offers an intimate portrait of the bitter rivalries and fruitful collaborations, the eureka moments and blind alleys, that have redefined science and reinvented the universe.

“A lively new account of twentieth-century (plus a little twenty-first-century) cosmology . . . The book is as much about how the science got done as about the science itself.”—Salon

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An exciting look at the next big thing in cosmology--the search for dark matter and dark energy--and the making of an entirely new physics.

Synopsis:

The epic, behind-the-scenes story of an astounding gap in our scientific knowledge of the cosmos.

 

In the past few years, a handful of scientists have been in a race to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only 4 percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every planet, star, and galaxy. The rest—96 percent of the universe—is completely unknown.

 

Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of how scientists reached this conclusion, and what theyre doing to find this "dark" matter and an even more bizarre substance called dark energy. Based on in-depth, on-site reporting and hundreds of interviews—with everyone from Berkeleys feisty Saul Perlmutter and Johns Hopkinss meticulous Adam Riess to the quietly revolutionary Vera Rubin—the book offers an intimate portrait of the bitter rivalries and fruitful collaborations, the eureka moments and blind alleys, that have fueled their search, redefined science, and reinvented the universe.

Synopsis:

Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only 4 percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, and me, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown.
 
Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called dark energy. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize. Based on in-depth reporting and interviews with the major playersfrom Berkeleys feisty Saul Perlmutter to Harvards witty but exacting Robert Kirshner the book offers an intimate portrait of the bitter rivalries and fruitful collaborations, the eureka moments and blind alleys, that have fueled their search, redefined science, and reinvented the universe.

About the Author

RICHARD PANEK is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and the author of The Invisible Century and Seeing and Believing. He has frequently written for the New York Times, as well as Discover, Smithsonian, Esquire, and Outside, among other publications.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue xiii

Part I. More Than Meets the Eye

 1. Let There Be Light 3

 2. Whats Out There 25

 3. Choosing Halos 41

Part II. Lo and Behold

 4. Getting in the Game 57

 5. Staying in the Game 77

 6. The Game 98

Part II. The Face of the Deep

 7. The Flat Universe Society 119

 8. Hello, Lambda 140

 9. The Tooth Fairy Twice 164

Part IV. Less Than Meets the Eye

 10. The Curse of the Bambino 183

 11. The Thing 203

 12. Must Come Down 219

Epilogue 239

Notes 244

Works Cited 264

Index 277

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mudcatmls, September 5, 2013 (view all comments by mudcatmls)
One of the few very good books on black holes, dark matter, and dark energy you will ever pick up and read. In this book you will see how scientist "face off" with theoretical thinking and come up with various conclusions. A must read.
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Mary Ann Dimand, October 18, 2011 (view all comments by Mary Ann Dimand)
This is a fantastic discussion of how physicists arrive at, work through and argue about conceptual problems. Susskind not only explains with tremendous lucidity, but he intersperses the account of dispute over the problem of whether black holes destroy information with the history of physics that led to this point, discussion of the sociology of physics, character portraits of well-known scientists, and a bit of Susskind's own biography. The result is a brilliantly paced, entertaining, shiningly illuminating book that's my current pop-physics favourite.

And it would be worth it just for the explanation of relativity physics.
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ISBN:
9780316016414
Author:
Susskind, Leonard
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Author:
Panek, Richard
Subject:
History
Subject:
Astrophysics & Space Science
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
History of Science-General
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Astronomy
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Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20090731
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
480
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8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,

An exciting look at the next big thing in cosmology--the search for dark matter and dark energy--and the making of an entirely new physics.

"Synopsis" by , The epic, behind-the-scenes story of an astounding gap in our scientific knowledge of the cosmos.

 

In the past few years, a handful of scientists have been in a race to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only 4 percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every planet, star, and galaxy. The rest—96 percent of the universe—is completely unknown.

 

Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of how scientists reached this conclusion, and what theyre doing to find this "dark" matter and an even more bizarre substance called dark energy. Based on in-depth, on-site reporting and hundreds of interviews—with everyone from Berkeleys feisty Saul Perlmutter and Johns Hopkinss meticulous Adam Riess to the quietly revolutionary Vera Rubin—the book offers an intimate portrait of the bitter rivalries and fruitful collaborations, the eureka moments and blind alleys, that have fueled their search, redefined science, and reinvented the universe.

"Synopsis" by ,
Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only 4 percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, and me, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown.
 
Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called dark energy. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize. Based on in-depth reporting and interviews with the major playersfrom Berkeleys feisty Saul Perlmutter to Harvards witty but exacting Robert Kirshner the book offers an intimate portrait of the bitter rivalries and fruitful collaborations, the eureka moments and blind alleys, that have fueled their search, redefined science, and reinvented the universe.
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