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The ordinary atoms that make up the known universe--from our bodies and the air we breathe to the planets and stars--constitute only 5 percent of all matter and energy in the cosmos. The rest is known as dark matter and dark energy, because their precise identities are unknown. The Cosmic Cocktail is the inside story of the epic quest to solve one of the most compelling enigmas of modern science--what is the universe made of?--told by one of today's foremost pioneers in the study of dark matter.
Blending cutting-edge science with her own behind-the-scenes insights as a leading researcher in the field, acclaimed theoretical physicist Katherine Freese recounts the hunt for dark matter, from the discoveries of visionary scientists like Fritz Zwicky--the Swiss astronomer who coined the term "dark matter" in 1933--to the deluge of data today from underground laboratories, satellites in space, and the Large Hadron Collider. Theorists contend that dark matter consists of fundamental particles known as WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles. Billions of them pass through our bodies every second without us even realizing it, yet their gravitational pull is capable of whirling stars and gas at breakneck speeds around the centers of galaxies, and bending light from distant bright objects. Freese describes the larger-than-life characters and clashing personalities behind the race to identify these elusive particles.
Many cosmologists believe we are on the verge of solving the mystery. The Cosmic Cocktail provides the foundation needed to fully fathom this epochal moment in humankind's quest to understand the universe.
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Series:||Science Essentials Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Katherine Freese is the George E. Uhlenbeck Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan. She is one of the world's leading researchers into the mystery of dark matter. She splits her time between Ann Arbor and New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What the universe is made of? Do we have more matter in the universe? Can this book make me understand dark matter? My purpose is to give an honest review, average person like me to understand scientific jargon, whom am I kidding. :D VERY LIMITED. Professor Freese journey and her collection of data is something to be admired. But what I know, I know a well written story and in my opinion since I'm not a scientist, I could better see the writing of this story. I like the analogies and metaphors which at times was humorous and to identify elusive particles. This book managed to make me understand and grasp the explanation of dark matter and the energized universe and that is a big thing for someone whose limitation in this genre is noticeable, so with that, I thank you. I won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz