Heart of Darkness: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Invisible Universe

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Princeton University Press, Jan 1, 2013 - Science - 299 pages
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"The invisible rules the visible while the infinitesimal determines the cosmic. This is not fuzzy mysticism. It is the clear-eyed logic of the world observed by astronomers, described here with precision and verve by Ostriker and Mitton. Read this book and let them guide you to enlightenment."--Robert P. Kirshner, author of "The Extravagant Universe"

"If you want a clear and fair assessment of the astonishing recent progress in understanding the cosmos--and of the mysteries that remain to be addressed--then this is the book for you. Ostriker and Mitton write with authority, and with style as well."--Martin Rees, Master of Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and Astronomer Royal

""Heart of Darkness" offers an engaging historical perspective on cosmology, and fluently moves onto the key modern issues in the dark sector. It is full of anecdotes and insights that will intrigue a general readership."--Joseph Silk, author of "On the Shores of the Unknown: A Short History of the Universe"

""Heart of Darkness" offers a fresh perspective on the development of cosmology from one of its pioneers and most original thinkers, Jeremiah Ostriker, in collaboration with an exceptional science writer, Simon Mitton. This engaging history introduces nonexperts to the discoveries and basic concepts behind our current understanding of the universe."--Abraham Loeb, author of "How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form?"

""Heart of Darkness" is a penetrating and thorough narrative of how humans discovered the universe. Ostriker and Mitton are strong advocates for the tenacity and creativity of physicists and astronomers. This is an upbeat and inspiring story, told with vigor and enthusiasm."--Alan Dressler, author of "Voyage to the Great Attractor: Exploring Intergalactic Space"

  

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User Review  - Valeri - Goodreads

still not finished reading this, I can't seem to get to the last couple of chapters where they will START to discuss dark matter and dark energy. no mysteries of the invisible universe get unraveled in this book, it's just another astronomy history book Read full review

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User Review  - Doris Jean - Goodreads

Yes, it is excellent. It stretches the mind to envision the vastness of cosmos. Gravity is intriguing, we don't know what it is! Is there such a thing as anti-gravity? We don't know. And what is dark ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue From Myth to Reality
1
One Einsteins Toolkit and How to Use It
27
Two The Realm of the Nebulae
52
Three Lets Do Cosmology
89
Four Discovering the Big Bang
102
Five The Origin of Structure in the Universe
130
Six Dark Matteror Fritz Zwickys Greatest Invention
174
Seven Dark Energyor Einsteins Greatest Blunder
202
Eight The Modern Paradigm and the Limits of Our Knowledge
229
Major Mysteries That Remain
253
Appendixes
263
Glossary
281
Bibliography
291
Index
295
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About the author (2013)

Jeremiah P. Ostriker is professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University. His books include "Formation of Structure in the Universe" and "Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics" (Princeton). Simon Mitton is affiliated research scholar in the history and philosophy of science and a fellow of St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge. His books include "Fred Hoyle: A Life in Science" and "The Young Oxford Book of Astronomy".

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