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Black Lives Matter Book of the Week

Posted on: August 20, 2021

The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred

Disordered Cosmos

by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is one of the leading physicists of her generation, at work on the origins of spacetime at the intersection of particle physics and astrophysics. She is also one of the fewer than one hundred Black women to earn a PhD in physics. Here she shares her love for physics, from the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, to the latest theories of dark matter - all with a new spin and rhythm informed by pop culture, hip hop, politics, and Star Trek. Prescod-Weinstein's vision of the cosmos is vibrant, inclusive and buoyantly non-traditional. As she makes clear, what we know about the universe won't be complete until we learn to think beyond the limitations of white-dominated science. Science, like most fields, is set up for men to succeed, and is rife with racism, sexism, and shortsightedness as a result. The Disordered Cosmos offers a vision for a world without prejudice that allows everyone to view the wonders of the universe through the same starry eyes.

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