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The 4% Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
 
 
Author
Richard Panek.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780547577579
Pages/Publication Date 297/2011
Daedalus Item Code 31555
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In recent years, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up all of us and every star and planet—the rest is completely unknown. Science writer Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of how scientists reached this paradigm-shattering conclusion, recounting the quest to find the "dark" matter and an even more bizarre substance called dark energy that together make up 96 percent of the universe. Panek also relates the bitter rivalries and fruitful collaborations, the eureka moments and blind alleys, among those seeking the answer to what may be the greatest mystery in all of science.

"Exploring 'one of the most important stories in the history of science' (Washington Post), Panek nimbly outlines recent findings in physics, astronomy, and cosmology and evaluates rival theories in clear, comprehensible language. He also dives into the bureaucratic morass and professional enmities of contemporary research, examining how these discoveries were made as well as who made them.... Even readers who prefer their science straight up will find much to admire in this accessible and fascinating survey of one of the most exciting—and maddening—fields of study."—Bookmarks Magazine

 
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