Einstein's Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 22, 2010 - Science - 320 pages
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“Splendidly satisfying reading, designed for a nonspecialist audience.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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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EINSTEIN'S TELESCOPE: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe

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An enthusiastic update on the search for the materials that make up the universe.From Newton's gravity to Einstein's relativity, explanations of how matter, energy, time and space behave represent a ... Read full review

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Whew! It took me six weeks to get through this astrophysics book. I haven't picked up a physics book since high school and was hesitant to start reading this. While this book was interesting, the ... Read full review

Contents

What Is the Universe Made Of?
3
A Revolution in Space and Time
32
A Cosmic Expansion
54
Einsteins Telescope
67
MACHOs and WIMPs
90
Black Holes and Planets
112
Weighing the Universe
137
Cold Dark Matter
159
Tracing the Invisibleand Finding Dark Matter
178
An Accelerating Universe
196
The Imprint of Dark Energy on
225
Gravity Waves
248
Keys to
266
Illustration Acknowledgments
290
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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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