Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Story of the Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe

Paperback | November 2, 1999

byDennis OverbyeAs told byDennis Overbye

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In southern California, nearly a half century ago, a small band of researchers -- equipped with a new 200-inch telescope and a faith born of scientific optimism -- embarked on the greatest intellectual adventure in the history of humankind: the search for the origin and fate of the universe. Their quest would eventually engulf all of physics and astronomy, leading not only to the discovery of quasars, black holes, and shadow matter but also to fame, controversy, and Nobel Prizes. Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos tells the story of the men and women who have taken eternity on their shoulders and stormed nature in search of answers to the deepest questions we know to ask.

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In southern California, nearly a half century ago, a small band of researchers -- equipped with a new 200-inch telescope and a faith born of scientific optimism -- embarked on the greatest intellectual adventure in the history of humankind: the search for the origin and fate of the universe. Their quest would eventually engulf all of p...

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In southern California, nearly a half century ago, a small band of researchers -- equipped with a new 200-inch telescope and a faith born of scientific optimism -- embarked on the greatest intellectual adventure in the history of humankind: the search for the origin and fate of the universe. Their quest would eventually engulf all of p...

Dennis Overbye is Deputy Science Editor of "The New York Times"& a critically acclaimed science writer who has contributed to "Time,""The New York Times Magazine,"& many other publications. His first book, "Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos," was nominated for a National Book Critics' Circle Award in Nonfiction & a "Los Angeles Times" Book A...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:November 2, 1999Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316648965

ISBN - 13:9780316648967

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"Superb....It is by mixing the personal and the cosmic in his reporting, just as the scientists mix them in their lives, that Mr. Overbye has managed to write such a good book". -- ECONOMIST