Special thanks to Richard Panek for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality
Richard Panek is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as a grant from the Antarctic Artists and Writers program of the National Science Foundation. – From Barnard University’s Profile
Richard’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/r_panek
#1 – What was the impetus for The 4% Universe?
I was at a dark matter cosmology symposium back in the early 2000s, but mostly what scientists were talking about was the then-new idea of dark energy–the evidence for the acceleration in the expansion of the universe. I remember thinking, If these people are right, then 96 percent of the universe exists in a form that is inaccessible to us–and everything we’ve always considered to…
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