Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos

Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos

The Story of the Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe

Dennis Overbye


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Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award: the "intensely exciting" story of a group of brilliant scientists who set out to answer the deepest questions about the origin of the universe and changed the course of physics and astronomy forever (Newsday). 

In southern California, nearly a half century ago, a small band of researchers — equipped with a new 200-inch telescope and a faith born of scientific optimism — embarked on the greatest intellectual adventure in the history of humankind: the search for the origin and fate of the universe. Their quest would eventually engulf all of physics and astronomy, leading not only to the discovery of quasars, black holes, and shadow matter but also to fame, controversy, and Nobel Prizes. Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos tells the story of the men and women who have taken eternity on their shoulders and stormed nature in search of answers to the deepest questions we know to ask.

"Written with such wit and verve that it is hard not to zip through in one sitting." —Washington Post


Dennis Overbye:
Dennis Overbye, who studied science at MIT, is also the author of Einstein in Love. He is Deputy Science Editor at the New York Times and his writings have appeared in Time, the New York Times Magazine, and many other publications.