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Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter, and Beyond


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Table of Contents

1 Stellar Tales
2 Dark Matter's Debut
3 Waiting on the Stars
4 Threads of Research: A Rotating Universe and Radio Astronomy
5 Chasing Stars
6 A Clumpy Cosmos
7 Career Challenges and Galactic Questions
8 A Taste of Astronomy
9 At Last, a Real Astronomer
10 Andromeda's Young, Hot Stars
11 The Matter we Cannot See
12 More Matter Than Meets the Eye
13 Diving into Dark Matter
14 Gender Equality in Astronomy: A Darker Universe?
15 The Final Nights

About the Author

Ashley Jean Yeager is Associate News Editor at Science News. She has written for Quanta, Science News, Nature, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, The Scientist, and other publications.


"A compelling life of a top-notch scientist...Yeager has done her homework, delivering a lucid explanation of the science without ignoring Rubin's struggles as a pathbreaking woman in her profession."
-Kirkus Reviews

"[A] moving debut biography... for those not familiar with Rubin's achievements, this is a good place to start."
-Publishers Weekly

"Many astronomers and cosmologists had worked on this non-intuitive idea of dark matter, but Yeager shows the full context and importance of Rubin's work...Rubin also liked to unearth, and popularize, stories of women in the history of science. Her own story will doubtless inspire generations to come thanks, in part, to this excellent biography."
-New Scientist

"Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter, and Beyond follows Rubin's journey from stargazing child to preeminent astronomer and fierce advocate for women in science." - Science News

"This is Yeager's first book, and it benefits from her background in journalism and science writing, leaving no stone unturned as it rigorously illuminates Rubin and her discoveries...Yeager follows the discovery in a way I have not come across before, keeping me hooked on each page...a mesmerizing read" - Physics World

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