Heart of Darkness: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Invisible Universe
From humankind's early attempts to comprehend Earth's place in the solar system, to astronomers' exploration of the Milky Way galaxy and the realm of the nebulae beyond, to the detection of the primordial fluctuations of energy from which all subsequent structure developed, this book explains the physics and the history of how the current model of our universe arose and has passed every test hurled at it by the skeptics. Throughout this rich story, an essential theme is emphasized: how three aspects of rational inquiry--the application of direct measurement and observation, the introduction of mathematical modeling, and the requirement that hypotheses should be testable and verifiable--guide scientific progress and underpin our modern cosmological paradigm.
The story is far from complete, however, as scientists confront the mysteries of the ultimate causes of cosmic structure formation and the real nature and origin of dark matter and dark energy.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fpagan - LibraryThing
Another cosmology popularization, emphasizing dark matter and dark energy. The well-qualified authors evidently consider these to be exotic enough without going on to say much about the anthropic principle and multiverse concepts. Read full review
HEART OF DARKNESS: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Invisible UniverseUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A lucid history of cosmology.Ostriker (Astrophysical Sciences/Princeton Univ.; Development of Large Scale Structure in the Universe, 1992, etc.) and British science historian Mitton (Fred Hoyle: A ... Read full review
Prologue From Myth to Reality
One Einsteins Toolkit and How to Use It
Two The Realm of the Nebulae
Three Lets Do Cosmology
Four Discovering the Big Bang
Five The Origin of Structure in the Universe
Six Dark Matteror Fritz Zwickys Greatest Invention
Seven Dark Energyor Einsteins Greatest Blunder