Einstein's Telescope

Einstein's Telescope

The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe

Book - 2009
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Evalyn Gates transports us to the edge of science to explore the tool that unlocks the secrets of dark matter and dark energy. Based on the theory of general relativity, gravitational lensing, or 'Einstein's Telescope', is enabling discoveries that are taking us towards the next revolution in scientific thinking--one that may change our understanding of where the Universe came from and where it is going.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393062380
0393062384
Branch Call Number: 523.1126 Gat
Characteristics: xiv, 305 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.

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mckeett
Dec 26, 2014

The author does a good job of explaining logically how known astronomical observations lead to a requirement for dark matter and what it might be like. A compelling argument for the existence of dark matter. I didn't find her arguments for dark energy as convincing.

Lots of good technical information. A bit dry in that there was little discussion of the personalities of the people involved. For example, in the last chapter, she glossed over the field of gravity waves without discussing a lot of controversy plus a long series of negative results.

roaddogg09 May 05, 2011

"Einsteins Telescope" is excellent! Gates explains how we know dark matter and dark energy exist, and what we are doing to understand their mysterious nature. This was a very entertaining book, filled with a lot of good information. I would recommend this to anyone interested in modern cosmology, especially those who want to know more about dark matter and dark energy.

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RPTaylor
Jul 02, 2010

A very convincing set of arguments in favour of the Dark Matter hypothesis that explains why there must be a lot more matter in the universe than we can see.

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anchorite53
Nov 09, 2009

I dipped into this book at about a dozen or more different points, about a dozen times over a weekend, and always found it exciting ... and perplexing. I intend to dive back into the book and read it straight through puzzling out the implications, and the math (so far as I am able!) in the very near future.
Gates is a fluent and subtly funny writer (as a woman in a field massively over-dominated by men she would have to have a sense of humour, eh?) Well worth the effort.
A delightful hour long video of Gates covering the material in her book can be seen at: http://www.pdxjustice.org/node/54

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