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AUTHOR: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
PUBLISHER: Bold Type Books
DATE: March 9, 2021
PAGES: 320
AWARDS: Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science & Technology (2021), OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature Nominee for Nonfiction (2022), PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Nominee for Shortlist (2022), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Nonfiction (2021), Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Nominee for Nonfiction (2021)

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

by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

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.


Author Chanda Prescod-Weinstein has identified as lesbian, bisexual/bisexual-ish, and queer throughout her life.

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