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Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Dark Gravity

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Enabling a Universe that Supports Intelligent Life

How did the profound beauty of our Earth, our Solar System, our Milky Way galaxy and indeed our universe unfold? Dark matter, dark energy, and dark gravity have made all the difference in how the universe has developed, and have been key to creating the overall environment that makes life possible.

This book provides insight into what we know and what we hope to learn about dark matter, dark energy, and dark gravity. Each appears to play an essential role in the existence of a universe with characteristics like ours.

We are immersed in a sea of light emanating from ordinary matter that is floating, as it were, on an ocean of dark matter. The dark matter itself floats on the dark energy of the particle vacuum that in turn is embedded within the scaffolding of space-time – which is shaped by the dark gravity effects from all matter and energy.

Only in recent decades have we developed the capability to begin unlocking the secrets of dark matter, dark energy and dark gravity, thus gaining deeper insight into how a universe of this type is possible. It seems that because of dark matter, dark energy and dark (weak) gravity, our universe has the right attributes for the development of complex structure and the evolution of intelligent life that can engage in the quest to understand our world. These “dark” or more hidden attributes of the cosmos have very good outcomes.

Cover photo: Map of the dark matter in the galaxy cluster Abell 1689, from the Hubble Space Telescope. The diffuse blue tint is a superimposed mapping of the dark matter distribution in this cluster of over 1000 galaxies. The photo contains over 100 gravitationally lensed images of background galaxies that are distorted by the dark matter in the cluster. Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Coe (JPL/Caltech and STSci)


First published February 19, 2011

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Stephen Perrenod

3 books6 followers
I write books that explain the universe, and where it is headed, to non-astrophysicists,
in a manner that is easier to understand than Stephen Hawking.

Ph.D. astrophysics Harvard
30+ years as a supercomputing / high performance computing expert

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May 17, 2014
This was one of the better books I have read on the subject that is really more for the devoted science geek and, since I am one of those type of people, it held my interest from beginning to end. Much of the subject matter, however, is as yet unproven experimentally, but the ideas are based on more than just fancy.

I would highly recommend this book to people who have a background in science and a strong desire to learn about the interesting theories and thoughts on this new branch of research.
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March 6, 2015
Great basic information on quantum theory. Good flow to the book and it works to help the reader learn the unique terminology used in this science.
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March 15, 2023
Good science...

Although oddly difficult to get into, it was a very thorough look at dark matter, dark energy, and something I did not even know existed until earlier last week... Dark gravity.

I did enjoy the plethora of information but I feel it could have had more shorter chapters... Although this might be a consequence of my generation more than anything else.
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