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Robert P. Kirshner.
The Extravagant Universe: exploding stars, dark energy and the accelerating cosmos: revised edn.
Princeton University Press. 2004

One of the world’s leading astronomers, Robert Kirshner, takes readers inside a lively research team on the quest that led them to an extraordinary cosmological discovery: the expansion of the universe is accelerating under the influence of a dark energy that makes space itself expand. In addition to sharing the story of this exciting discovery, Kirshner brings the science up-to-date in a new epilogue. He explains how the idea of an accelerating universe—once a daring interpretation of sketchy data—is the standard assumption in cosmology today.