The 4% Universe

Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

Ranked #38 in Cosmology, Ranked #43 in Astrophysicssee more rankings.

The epic, behind-the-scenes story of an astounding gap in our scientific knowledge of the cosmos.  

In the past few years, a handful of scientists have been in a race to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only 4 percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every planet, star, and galaxy. The rest—96 percent of the universe—is completely unknown.  

Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of how scientists reached this conclusion, and what they’re doing to find this "dark" matter and an even more bizarre substance called dark...

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