The Four-percent Universe

The Four-percent Universe

Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

Book - 2011/01/10
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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.


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 they’re 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 Berkeley’s feisty Saul Perlmutter and Johns Hopkins’s 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.



Baker & Taylor
Documents the recent efforts of scientists to explain the 96 percent of the universe not comprised of known matter, drawing on interviews with leading figures to describe the rivalries, collaborations and discoveries that are redefining current understandings.

Blackwell Publishing
In Recent Years, 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, me, our books, 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. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

In The 4 Percent Universe, Panek does for cosmology what other writers have done for biology, sports, and finance: he tells a fascinating story that illuminates the inner workings of a particular (and in this case, particularly unfamiliar) world. Based on in-depth, on-site reporting and hundreds of interviews ù with everyone from Berkeley's feisty Saul Perlmutter and Johns Hopkins's meticulous Adam Riess to the quietly revolutionary Vera Rubin ù 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.

The stakes couldn't be higher. Our view of the cosmos is profoundly wrong, and Copernicus was only the beginning: not just Earth but all common matter is a marginal part of existence. Panek's fast-paced narrative, filled with behind-the-scenes details, brings this epic story to life for the very first time.

Baker
& Taylor

Documents the recent efforts of scientists to explain the ninety-six percent of the universe not comprised of known matter, drawing on interviews with leading figures to describe the rivalries, collaborations, and discoveries that are redefining current understandings.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011/01/10
ISBN: 9780618982448
0618982442
Branch Call Number: 523.1 PAN
Characteristics: 297 p

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I certainly can't explain it; I barely understood It but it was mind blowing.It's that feeling I get before a storm when it has not started raining yet but the color of the sky has changed and the leaves on the trees are blowing I just know that everything is about to change. It is electric

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