Synopses & Reviews
In southern California, nearly a half-century ago, a small band of researchers equipped with a new 200-inch telescope and a faith born of scientific optimism embarked on the greatest intellectual adventure in the history of humankind: the search for the origin and fate of the universe. Their quest would eventually engulf all of physics and astronomy, leading not only to the discovery of quasars, black holes, and shadow matter but also to fame, controversy, and Nobel Prizes. Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos tells the story of the men and women who have taken eternity on their shoulders and stormed nature in search of answers to the deepest questions we know to ask.
"Overbye's personal narrative makes complex realms of conflicting theory and observation accessible to the layperson." Publishers Weekly
"For his sense of the culture of science the traditions, the slang, the rivalries, the unwritten rules Mr. Overbye makes a wonderful tour guide" James Gleick, New York Times Book Review
"One of the great intellectual dramas of the twentieth century comes blazingly to life in this passionate, challenging, and intensely exciting book." Newsday
"This is one of the most ambitious popularizations of science to be attempted in recent memory. Seldom has any science journalist said so much, so well, in so few pages." Scientific American
"Written with such wit and verve that it is hard not to zip through in one sitting." Washington Post
"Superb....It is by mixing the personal and the cosmic in his reporting, just as the scientists mix them in their lives, that Mr. Overbye has managed to write such a good book." The Economist
Hailed as a paragon of science journalism, Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos is the dramatic, heartbreaking, and often comical story of cosmology, and the men and women devoted to discovering the secrets of the universe.
About the Author
Overbye is Deputy science editor of the New York Times and a critically acclaimed science writer.