Some Like It Cold

TITLE: THE LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE

AUTHOR: MICHAEL D. LEMONICK

PUBLISHER: VILLARD; 325 PAGES; $24

THE BOTTOM LINE: Astronomers gaze at mysterious structures that challenge current theories.

Most books about the nature of the universe leave the reader lost in space. Michael Lemonick understands the problem: how to deal with the immense and the minute on a human scale. His The Light at the Edge of the Universe does just that. By visiting astronomers in remote observatories and at university seminars, Lemonick, who covers such matters for this magazine, conveys both the science and the excitement of a...

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