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Three Steps to the Universe: From the Sun to Black Holes to the Mystery of Dark Matter Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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books, they give the reader a taste of how science is ACTUALLY done. Their explanations are both honest and accurate - not at all an easy task for this type of book. Their central emphasis is on the question: "How do they know this?" The Garfinkles divide the universe into three types: the "perceived", the "detected", and the "theoretical", and discuss how the three are necessarily intertwined. They start with the Sun, then discuss black holes, and finally dark matter and dark energy. There is an enormous amount of information presented along the way in this slim volume, e.g. a detailed discussion of the life and properties of stars and the origins of life. Step-by-step the Garfinkle brothers take the reader through what we know with confidence (and how we know it), what we think we know (and what reasons we have to believe it), and what is still up for grabs (and what some of the possibilities are). Their book is for the reader who really wants to UNDERSTAND, not just be "gee-whizzed" and told, "that's how it is." I particularly like the last chapter, which rightly criticizes the way science is usually marketed to the general public.
The most exciting stuff are the mysterious dark matter and dark energy. Direct searches for them are ongoing. However, the usual suspects of dark matter (gas clouds, low-mass stars, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes) have all been ruled out. The search is now directed to a hypothesized WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particle). On the other hand, investigation of dark energy began with vacuum energy alone.
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Try another book that goes even deeper in only 30 pages.
It's called "Everything About Black Holes" and it explains everything with science. It's on Amazon.
The book is SO easy to follow, even easier than Hawking's intro level books. The Garfinkle's have an ability to speak qualitatively in a most eloquent manner. Read morePublished on August 4, 2011 by John Public