The Dark Side of the Universe: A Scientist Explores the Mysteries of the Cosmos

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Award-winning writer James Trefil takes readers on a tantalizing journey to the outer reaches of the universe.  Along the way he discusses scientific questions such as; How did the universe begin and what is its ultimate fate? He also explores such phenomena as the Big Bang theory, "Hubble bubbles," and "Wimps."

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James Trefil, the Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University, is the author of more than 40 books and 100 articles in professional journals. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the World Economic Forum. He is the recipient of the Andrew Gemant Award from the American Institute of Physics, the Westinghouse and Subaru Awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the 2008 Science Writing Award from the American Physical Society.

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Astrophysicists now believe that at least 90 percent of the universe is composed of material we cannot see"dark matter." Giving off neither light nor radio waves, dark matter remains a mystery: Is it made of WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles), massive neutrinos, quarks, photinos or something even more exotic? Physicist Trefil ( The Moment of Creation , etc.) takes readers to the outermost frontiers of the new cosmology in this wonderfully readable tour of an Alice-in-Wonderland universe that is growing curiouser and curiouser. Why galaxies group themselves into superclusterswith Hubble bubbles (vast voids) in betweenis still a puzzle to astronomers. Trefil's search for an answer to these enigmas leads him to consider hot new topics like cosmic superstrings, the long, one-dimensional cords of dark matter, formed in the Big Bang, that may somehow tie together the cosmos.
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