The 4% Universe

Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
Monday, March 7, 2011
7 pm
In-store Event at Book Culture

RICHARD PANEK, currently teaching Creative Non-Fiction in the Creative Writing Program at Barnard, will be explaining the universe in 35 minutes next Monday, when he appears at Book Culture to talk about his new book:

The Four-Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

In-store Event at Book Culture
536 W. 112
Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7 p.m.

In recent years, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: Only 4 percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every planet, star, and galaxy.  The rest—96 percent—is completely unknown.  Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of how astronomers reached this cosmos-shattering conclusion, and how they’re currently inventing ways to try to find "dark" matter and an even more bizarre substance called dark energy.  This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize. Based on in-depth, on-site reporting and hundreds of interviews, and filled with behind-the-scenes details, the book offers an intimate portrait of the bitter rivalries and fruitful collaborations, the eureka moments and blind alleys, that have redefined science and reinvented the universe.

Richard will be introduced by Peter Woit, the author of Not Even Wrong and a lecturer in the Mathematics Department at Columbia, as well as the critic who reviewed The Four Percent Universe for the Wall Street Journal:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704754304576096530105958772.html

Richard Panek’s previous books include Seeing and Believing and The Invisible Century.  The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in science writing, he has often written about astronomy and cosmology for The New York Times—where The 4-Percent Universe began as an article in the Magazine—as well as DiscoverSmithsonian,EsquireNatural History, and many other publications.

Mar. 7, 2011 - 7:00 PM