The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
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.
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The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of RealityUser Review - Susannah Hamm - Book Verdict
General readers will be fascinated by this journalistic investigation into the search for the elusive dark matter and dark energy that comprise the vast majority of our universe. Read full review
Review: The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of RealityUser Review - Bojan Tunguz - Goodreads
Cosmology, the science of the origin, evolution and the ultimate fate of the Universe, is a surprisingly young scientific discipline. For the most of history cosmological questions were dealt with ... Read full review
2 Whats Out There
3 Choosing Halos
Part II Lo and Behold
4 Getting in the Game
5 Staying in the Game
6 The Game
The Face of the Deep
7 The Flat Universe Society
11 The Thing
12 Must Come Down
8 Hello Lambda
Less Than Meets the Eye
10 The Curse of the Bambino
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