Einstein's Telescope describes a radical new technique known as gravitational lensing that allows scientists to use space itself as a telescope.

The warps and dimples in Einstein's audacious description of space and time act as giant "cosmic lenses" that allow us to see the invisible.

With Einstein's Telescope we can:
  • find planets around other stars
  • magnify distant galaxies into view
  • map out the filaments of dark matter that wind throughout the Universe
  • trace the imprint of dark energy on our expanding and evolving cosmos

We may finally be able to answer the ancient question:

What is the Universe Made of?

&minus an answer that will almost certainly lead us to the next great revolution in our understanding of the cosmos.

*** Library Journal -- Best Astronomy Book 2009***

Marcia Bartusiak &minus Washington Post
...cogent review of this intriguing topic...So much more has been revealed since I wrote a book on dark matter 16 years ago...There's still no happy ending, but as Gates so aptly demonstrates, describing how science works toward a solution provides 99 percent of the enjoyment for any reader.

Simon Mitton &minus Times Higher Education

Einstein's Telescope is a highly accessible account of the modern approach to an ancient question: "What is the nature of the Universe?"...[and] brilliantly summarizes half a century of progress...

Joachim Wambsganss &minus Nature
Einstein's Telescope opens up [a] new view of the Universe...Guiding the reader through multiverses, accelerated cosmic expansion or the physics of exploding stars, Gates clearly explains the problems and challenges that physicists face today. Einstein's Telescope...provides food for thought for both expert and general readers. Through Gates's ambitious book, everyone will appreciate the puzzles of the dark Universe -- and the power and beauty of gravitational lensing.

Kirkus Reviews (starred)
An enthusiastic update on the search for the materials that make up the universe. Splendidly satisfying reading...

Pedro Ferreira &minus Science
Evalyn Gates's Einstein's Telescope is a testament to what can be done when beautiful mathematics is applied to astronomy. Gates uses one of Einstein's great ideas to weave together mathematics, astrophysics, and cosmology into a coherent and, dare I say it, compelling narrative that maps out the frontiers of contemporary research.

Denise Dayton &minus Library Journal starred review
Gates writes with a freshness and clarity that make complex ideas such as relativity, lensing, black holes, and the cosmic web understandable. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries of all sizes.

Publishers Weekly
Presenting complicated topics concisely and clearly, Gates explains what we know about the universe, what scientists wish they knew, and what's at stake &minus the fate of the universe itself.
The author
Evalyn Gates
The book
published in February 2009 by W.W.Norton & Company

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