The cosmos, once viewed as stagnant, even ordinary, is now understood to be a fathomless universe, expanding at an accelerating pace, propelled by dark energy, and structured by dark matter. Theoretical astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan, our guide to these ideas, is at the forefront of the research. She explains the science behind some of the most puzzling cosmological topics of our time, such as: the formation and growth of black holes; dark matter halos; the discovery of exoplanets; and the possibility of other universes.
Natarajan also discusses why there is so much disagreement within the science community about astronomical discoveries and asserts that, shifting and incomplete as science always must be, it offers the best path we have toward making sense of our wondrous, mysterious universe.
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