The Cosmic Cocktail

  • by Katherine Freese
  • Narrated by Tamara Marston
  • 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
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Fascinating

Prof Freese delivers an introduction to the subjects of dark matter, dark energy and touches on dark stars in a way lay people can understand. She gets a bit technical here and there but I don't suppose it's easy to explain some of these concepts without resorting to equations. Don't sweat. There aren't too many and I enjoyed the fact she came across as very human and up for a party!
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- Marcus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios