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Astronomers' Universe

The Mystery of Dark Matter

In Search of the Invisible

Authors: Kapferer, Wolfgang

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  • Explains in a digestible, nonmathematical way how dark matter can be observed
  • Covers the study of dark matter over time, from early clues to modern observations
  • Illustrates the exciting search for the invisible matter that makes up a large part of the universe
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About this book

Get ready to embark on the exciting search for dark matter—the invisible mass that dominates our universe. This popular science book explains why this mysterious dark matter has been incorporated into the standard model of the universe and how scientists are able to “observe” the invisible.

The book starts with the early indications of the existence of dark matter, including the strange cohesion of galaxy clusters, before moving on to modern observations like cosmic background radiation. Along the way, you will learn about the direct and indirect methods being used by researchers to track down dark matter and whatever is behind this strange phenomenon.

The Mystery of Dark Matter will appeal to general readers who wish to understand what scientists actually know about dark matter, along with the methods they use to help crack the mystery.

This book is a translation of the original German 1st edition Das Rätsel Dunkle Materie by Wolfgang Kapferer, published by Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland in 2018.The translation was done with the help of artificial intelligence (machine translation by the service DeepL.com). A subsequent human revision was done primarily in terms of content, so that the book will read stylistically differently from a conventional translation. Springer Nature works continuously to further the development of tools for the production of books and on the related technologies to support the authors.

About the authors

Wolfgang Kapferer, born 1973, studied astronomy and physics at the University of Innsbruck. In his doctoral thesis and active research time he worked on theoretical models of the evolution of large-scale structures, so-called galaxy clusters. A central role was played by computer simulations and their comparison with observations. The main focus of his work was to better understand the gas dynamic processes involved.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-3

    Kapferer, Wolfgang

  • The Art of Weighing a Star

    Pages 5-30

    Kapferer, Wolfgang

  • The First Signs of a Big Problem

    Pages 31-51

    Kapferer, Wolfgang

  • A Problem Manifests Itself

    Pages 53-73

    Kapferer, Wolfgang

  • How Dark Matter Dominates our Model of Structure Formation in the Universe

    Pages 75-115

    Kapferer, Wolfgang

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-662-62202-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $27.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-662-62201-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Mystery of Dark Matter
Book Subtitle
In Search of the Invisible
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-62202-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-62202-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-62201-8
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 178
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations, 80 illustrations in colour
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