In this deeply original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy sets out in search of the telescopes and detectors that promise to answer the biggest questions in modern cosmology. Why is the universe expanding at an ever faster rate? What is the nature of the "dark matter" that makes up almost a quarter of the universe? Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? Are there others besides our own?
"Physics ain't for wussies!"
Anil Ananthaswamy's extensive, in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer perspectives that will change how you think about who you are. These individuals all lost some part of what we think of as our self, but they then offer remarkable, sometimes heart-wrenching insights into what remains. One man cut off his own leg. Another became one with the universe.
All his life, David has been afflicted by a strange and uncomfortable feeling: that his leg belongs to somebody else. It's left him angst-ridden, depressed and confused - and after years of torment, the only way he can think to is to get rid of it completely. In this disturbing, award-winning investigation from the science and technology publisher MATTER, acclaimed writer Anil Ananthaswamy delves accompanies one man as he travels the world to get the illicit surgery he craves.