The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

The 4 Percent Universe

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

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ISBN10: 0547577575 ISBN13: 9780547577579 Publisher: Mariner Books Published: Oct 18 2011 Pages: 297 Weight: 0.66lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.75" Language: English

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Over the past few decades, 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, and me, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “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. Based on in-depth reporting and interviews with the major players—from Berkeley’s feisty Saul Perlmutter to Harvard’s witty but exacting Robert Kirshner —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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