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

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

From a star theoretical physicist, a journey into the world of particle physics and the cosmos — and a call for a more just practice of science.

In The Disordered Cosmos, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein 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 informed by history, politics, and the wisdom of Star Trek.

One of the leading physicists of her generation, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is also one of fewer than one hundred Black American women to earn a PhD from a department of physics. Her vision of the cosmos is vibrant, buoyantly non-traditional, and grounded in Black feminist traditions.

Prescod-Weinstein urges us to recognize how science, like most fields, is rife with racism, sexism, and other dehumanizing systems. She lays out a bold new approach to science and society that begins with the belief that we all have a fundamental right to know and love the night sky. The Disordered Cosmos dreams into existence a world that allows everyone to tap into humanity’s wealth of knowledge about the wonders of the universe.

Title:The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781541724709
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  • Traci at The Stacks

    So I’m terrible at math and science. Absolutely dreadful. This book was really challenging for the first 4 chapters. I didn’t understand much. Then it got REALLY good. The shift from deep physics ...

  • Melissa

    The Disordered Cosmos by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an all-encompassing guide to the state of race, gender, and other social issues in science, particularly particle physics. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein sp...

  • April

    This book is largely a session of the author's fascinating musings on everything from science to sociology and race in America. Despite the heavy physics terminology in the first few chapters, it was ...

  • Bethany

    This was a DNF for me. I'm reviewing it because I think there is a great audience for this book, but I am not it. Chanda is one of the most interesting humans and the writing is lovely. This is a scie...

  • Doreen

    3/12/2021 3.5 stars for the back half, 2.5 for the dire front. Full review tk at TheFrumiousConsortium.net.3/12/2021 I want to like popular science, and am always pleasantly surprised on the rare occa...

  • Hilary ??

    My love for cosmology first began when I took a seminar as a freshman that explored the intersection of physics and philosophy. Cosmology felt like escapism, an alternate reality. This kind of science...

  • Adrienne Ognibene

    I feel like I should start this review with a confession. I have not taken a formal physics class since my high school Astronomy course in 1999. Thus I will admit the first six chapters were a bit of ...

  • Josh Hedgepeth

    Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.Check out my video review: The Disordered Cosmos is probably the best book I have read all year. The book start...

  • Larry Miller

    I just read the forward and the first chapter and while you'll get no argument from me about marginalization or disenfranchisement and the convoluted and very real consequences of these things, for me...

  • Hannah

    It really disappoints me that this book is just okay. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein is a skilled writer and some of her ideas about how racism has limited scientific thought are illuminating. Unfortunately, I...