Lawrence M. Krauss is Director of the Origins Project and Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Physics Department at Arizona State. His new book, The Greatest Story Ever Told…So Far, will be published in March.
 (September 2016)

IN THE REVIEW

Gravity’s Black Rainbow

A simulation of the collision of two black holes, which merged about 1.3 billion years ago to form a single black hole sixty-two times the mass of the sun. In the first discovery of its kind, the gravitational waves were detected simultaneously last September by the two branches of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), located in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana, and announced in February 2016.

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

by Janna Levin

Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos

by Priyamvada Natarajan
The magnificent success of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity—the modern theory of gravity, space, and time that supplanted Isaac Newton’s law of universal gravitation—promoted the popular misconception that major advances in fundamental physics and cosmology are the province of theoretical physicists working at blackboards or at their desks. Nothing …

The Universe: ‘The Important Stuff Is Invisible’

A detail of an image from the American Museum of Natural History’s space show Dark Universe (2013), directed by Carter Emmart and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, showing the ­distribution of so far unseen dark matter in the universe. It is simulated here with the use of a high-­resolution algorithm at the Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University and the Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory.

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

by Lisa Randall
The notion that there is more to the world than we can see was probably hardwired into our ancestors’ consciousness by natural selection. Only those in the African savannah who suspected that behind the rustling branches might lie a predator likely survived long enough to pass on their genetic information.