1. Anatomy of the Cosmos2. Big Bang and Cosmic Destiny3. More than Meets the Eye4. The Rise and Fall of MACHOs5. It's Matter: But Not as we Know it6. The Challenge of MOND: Does Dark Matter Exist at All?7. The WIMP Hunters8. Matter is not Enough9. Runaway Universe: Exploding Stars Point to Accelerating Expansion10. Einstein's Greatest Blunder11. Dark Energy - the Prime Mover12. Testing the New CosmologyEpilogue: A Good Time to be HereEndnotesIndexImage Credits
Iain Nicolson is a writer, lecturer, and occasional broadcaster on astronomy and space science. A Visiting Fellow of the University of Hertfordshire and a contributing consultant to Astronomy Now, he is a frequent contributor to BBC Television's The Sky at Night. His most recent books include Unfolding Our Universe and Stars and Supernovas.
A lucid essay on the cosmos-past, present and future-accompanied by clear diagrams, computer graphics and luminous telescopic photos... conveys the excitement of scientists tackling the largest problem yet uncovered. Wall Street Journal Full of lavish illustrations in beautiful colour-though not of course of dark matter and dark energy-it is a first-class overview for the non-specialist, with enough meaty detail for scientists too. New Scientist For the general reader and armchair astronomer alike, Nicolson's fascinating account shows how our ideas about the nature and the content of the universe have developed. Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin Not just for college-level science collections strong in astronomy, but for the general-interest lending library catering to non-scientist readers. Midwest Book Review I particularly enjoyed how Nicolson explores topics that take a back seat in the mainstream media. -- Monica Bobra Sky and Telescope Beautifully illustrated... a valuable contribution to popular scientific literature. Choice For any reader interested in science, particularly cosmology and physics, Dark Side of the Universe is highly recommended. TheSop.org