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I have been trying to read as many books about matter and particle physics. I love science but never had the opportunity to go to university and pursue it as a career. Instead I relay on those in the field to relay their understanding of the universe to this uneducated fool. I generally run into two types of books. The first delve into the science and they can sometimes be confusing. I have struggled with a few books that really got into quantum physics, but I am trying. It's important because we all need to know more about how our world works and be scientifically literate. I consider there to be an unwritten pact between us laymen and scientists. We provide public resources for scientists to pursue their fields of study and in return relay that information back to us so we all can have a better understanding of things.
This book is not like that. There is talk of dinners with the president or going out for drinks with other scientists and mingling at science folk get togethers. There is an awful lot of "wow the universe is mysterious, gosh golly I am lucky to be a scientists". That's what really angers me. I want to know more about dark matter. I know we don't know a lot but talk about what we do and don't know. Talk about these difficulties.
DO NOT write about your tennis match or dinner parties and call it a science book.
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very interesting stuff. I was happy with the technical level, which is not low.
unfortunately, reading this in 2017, after the discovery of the Radial Acceleration Relation (and being aware of it, and also McGaugh's blog), is a bit of a challenge. I know that no experiment, including all those mentioned in the book, has found anything (well, except for the DAMA claims). The author, with the rest of the mainstream cosmology community, seem a like a cult. The short mention of MOND for the sole purpose of quickly dismissing it is very telling.
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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