Einstein's Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe

by Evalyn Gates

Hardcover, 2009




W. W. Norton & Company, (2009)


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.

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LibraryThing member fpagan
All a general (and metric-system-shunning) reader would likely want to know about gravitational lensing and microlensing. Said reader will also learn something about current ideas in cosmology and particle physics.
LibraryThing member saturn_reads
Einstein's Telescope, by Evalyn Gates, demonstrates the impact of gravitational lensing on our ability to measure, “see,” and understand the universe. With an ultimate focus on the search for dark matter and dark energy, Gates effectively explains gravitational lensing – starting, for the lay reader, with the basic tenets of general relativity. Einstein's Telescope is a fascinating look at one of the hottest areas of cosmology for the scientist and non-scientist, alike, and will certainly change the way you look at the night sky.

If I have any criticism, it's that the author exposes an apparent bias toward experimental vs. theoretical science. That, however, should not prevent you from picking up the book.
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LibraryThing member ees4
Whew! It took me six weeks to get through this astrophysics book. I haven't picked up a physics book since high school and was hesitant to start reading this. While this book was interesting, the subject matter was intense and I found myself re-reading sections two or three times to ensure I comprehended the concepts. Evalyn Gates does an excellent job of explaining Einstein's theories and how they are harnessing those theories to explore dark matter and dark energy.… (more)
LibraryThing member NogDog
Decent book that introduced me to a subject I'd not really read about before, but missing that certain spark the best books of this type have, conveying the author's excitement about the subject to the reader.


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