The stakes could not be higher. Panek’s fast-paced narrative, filled with original, in-depth reporting and intimate, behind-the-scenes details, brings this epic story to life for the very first time.
“A superior account of how astronomers discovered that they knew almost nothing about 96 percent of the universe…. Panek delivers vivid sketches of scientists, lucid explanations of their work and revealing descriptions of the often stormy rivalry that led to this scientific revolution.” Starred review.
"[A] fascinating tale of cosmology's known unknowns."
"Impeccably researched and highly readable."
"Panek provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of science in the raw as alliances are forged and friendships strained. There is a new universe to explore..."
"The 4% Universe is a compelling narrative of science at its best… An illuminating guide to the dark mysteries lying at the heart of the intersection of astronomy and fundamental physics."
"Fascinating… Panek's passion for the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy wins the day."
"Richard Panek delights us with [a] mesmerizing tale…. This book has it all; the excitement of great fiction — only it's true."
"A compelling narrative of a quest full of technological challenges, unexpected turns and expected human rivalries over high stakes."
"Lively… [Panek] Is a wondrously clear explicator."
"A rich portrait of modern scientific life."
"Easily digestible, fast-paced... To the connoisseur of popular science, indeed, the way author Richard Panek tells the tale is as interesting as the events: half drama, half detective story."
“Reads… like an adventure novel…. Panek has craftily combined his lucid and accessible descriptions of science with thepersonal, often intimate story of those unlocking the finer details of the Universe.”
“Richard Panek’s new book shows that the story of how discoveries are made is just as exciting as the discoveries themselves…. [The 4% Universe] inspires and awes in equal measure.”