Quintessence: The Search for Missing Mass in the Universe

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Quintessence: The Search for Missing Mass in the Universe
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Softcover edition
AuthorLawrence M. Krauss
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectPhysics, dark matter, cosmology
GenreNon-fiction
PublishedDecember 21, 2000
PublisherBasic Books
Media typePrint, e-book
Pages384 pp.
ISBN978-0465037414
Preceded byBeyond Star Trek 
Followed byAtom 

Quintessence: The Search for Missing Mass in the Universe is the fifth non-fiction book by the American theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss.[1] The book was published by Basic Books on December 21, 2000.[2][3][4] This text is an update of his 1989 book The Fifth Essence. It was retitled Quintessence after the now widely accepted term for dark energy.[5]

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Krauss focuses on theoretical physics and has published researches on a number of topics within that field. His primary contribution is to cosmology as one of the first physicists to suggest that most of the mass and energy of the universe resides in empty space, an idea now widely known as "dark energy". Furthermore, Krauss has formulated a model in which the universe could have potentially come from "nothing," as outlined in his later book A Universe from Nothing.[6][7]

Whether our universe is ever-expanding depends on the amount and properties of matter, but there is too little visible matter around us to explain the behavior we can see—over 90% of the universe consists of the missing mass or dark matter,[8] which Krauss termed "the fifth essence." In this book Krauss demonstrates how the dark matter problem is now connected with two widely discussed areas in the modern cosmology: the ultimate fate of the universe and the cosmological constant. He also discusses an antigravity force that may explain recent observations of a permanently expanding universe.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quintessence: The Search for Missing Mass in the Universe". asu.edu. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  2. ^ "Quintessence: The Search for Missing Mass in the Universe". amazon.com. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  3. ^ "Quintessence: The Search for Missing Mass in the Universe by Lawrence M. Krauss". goodreads.com. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  4. ^ "Quintessence the Search for Missing Mass in the Universe (Revised)". alternative-thinking.com. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  5. ^ "Origins of the Universe". thepg7.com. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  6. ^ "On the Origin of Everything". The New York Times. 25 March 2012.
  7. ^ Boutin, Paul (November 23, 2005). "Theory of Anything? Physicist Lawrence Krauss Takes on His Own". Slate. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  8. ^ Dreyfus, Claudia (August 2004). "Questions That Plague Physics: Lawrence Krauss Speaks About Unfinished Business" (PDF). Scientific American. Retrieved July 27, 2015.

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