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Cosmologist’s ‘Cosmic Cocktail’ is a refreshing read

Katherine Freese explores dark matter and other mysterious parts of the universe

1:00pm, August 10, 2014

The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter
Katherine Freese
Princeton Univ., $29.95

If the components of the universe were poured into a “cosmic cocktail,” scientists could easily predict how the drink would look and taste, yet they would have no idea what’s in it. Such is the state of cosmology today: While scientists can confidently explain the universe’s history and structure, the identities of its primary components — dark matter and dark energy — remain a mystery. In her first book, Freese, a theoretical physicist at the University of Michigan, chronicles scientists’ attempts, including her own, to discover what the universe is made of.

Freese is not the first scientist to delve into the mysteries of cosmology with a popular science book, but she seems to have the most fun doing

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