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Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe Hardcover – 15 Mar 2007

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Canopus Publishing Limited (15 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954984633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954984632
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.8 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,044,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A lucid essay on the cosmos -- past, present and future -- accompanied by clear diagrams, computer graphics and luminous telescopic photos... conveys the excitement of scientists tackling the largest problem yet uncovered. --Wall Street Journal

Full of lavish illustrations in beautiful colour -- though not of course of dark matter and dark energy -- it is a first-class overview for the non-specialist, with enough meaty detail for scientists too. --New Scientist

For anyone who was intrigued by Bang!, Dark Side of the Universe is the perfect way to delve deeper into 21st century astronomy. --Brian May (Queen)

I particularly enjoyed how Nicolson explores topics that take a back seat in the main stream media. --Monica Bobra, Sky and Telescope

-- a broad, clear and precise overview of our current understanding of dark matter and dark energy --. It is a challenge to try to make these apparently obscure concepts familiar to any motivated reader without a scientific background. But the author, Iain Nicolson, has been entirely successful in his enterprise. With a pleasant balance between text and colourful illustrations, he guides the reader through a fascinating, invisible and mysterious world that manifests its presence by shaping galaxies and the universe itself. --CERN Courier

I particularly enjoyed how Nicolson explores topics that take a back seat in the main stream media. --Monica Bobra, Sky and Telescope

-- a broad, clear and precise overview of our current understanding of dark matter and dark energy --.

It is a challenge to try to make these apparently obscure concepts familiar to any motivated reader without a scientific background. But the author, Iain Nicolson, has been entirely successful in his enterprise. With a pleasant balance between text and colourful illustrations, he guides the reader through a fascinating, invisible and mysterious world that manifests its presence by shaping galaxies and the universe itself. --CERN Courier

From the Publisher

One of the great unsolved mysteries of our time is that
astronomers can only see a small amount of the matter that makes up our
universe. We know that the missing matter exists because of is influence on
the stars and galaxies we can see. But we just can't find it. The search
for this so-called dark matter is on. Whatever it is, it is quite unlike
the stuff that atoms, planets, stars and people are
made of.

Then the mystery deepens; the cosmic mix also appears to include an extra
ingredient, an intangible commodity called dark energy that is causing the
expansion of the universe to accelerate. Evidence suggests that dark energy
makes up more than 70 percent of the overall content of the universe.
Matter itself, and gravity too, plays second fiddle to dark energy. The
fate of the universe depends on it: it may continue to expand forever, it
may tear itself apart in a `Big Rip', or it may even collapse in on itself
in a terminal `Big Crunch'.

The Dark Side of the Universe paints an indepth, detailed picture of this
extraordinary new view of the cosmos. It highlights the key discoveries,
explains the underlying concepts, and examines current thinking about the
nature of dark matter and dark energy. It looks, too, at alternative ideas
which challenge the very existence of dark matter. It presents a story that
intertwines the ingenuity of observers and experimenters, the creativity of
theoreticians, exotic concepts such as MACHOs, WIMPs, quintessence, phantom
energy and the modern-day reincarnation of the cosmological constant - a
quantity that Albert Einstein injected into the cosmic mix nearly nine
decades ago and subsequently derided as his `greatest blunder'. It leads
the reader to the very frontiers of the quest to discover the nature,
composition and ultimate fate of the universe.

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