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Cosmic Cocktail Cover


"The Cosmic Cocktail - Three Parts Dark Matter"
Princeton University Press

If the cocktail shaker on the cover doesn’t convince you that “The Cosmic Cocktail” might be an unusually entertaining physics book, maybe the lavender feather boa that author Katherine Freese wears for her dust-jacket photo will.

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What The Press Is Saying About My Book

Katherine Freese in a boa


"What the universe is made of (probably) narrated by a boa wearing physicist"
Washington Post - June 2, 2014

If the cocktail shaker on the cover doesn’t convince you that “The Cosmic Cocktail” might be an unusually entertaining physics book, maybe the lavender feather boa that author Katherine Freese wears for her dust-jacket photo will.

(Click here to download the publication as an Adobe PDF file)

Cosmic Cocktail Shaker


"Cosmologist’s ‘Cosmic Cocktail’ is a refreshing read"
Science News - August 23, 2014

Katherine Freese explores dark matter and other mysterious parts of the universe. Review by Andrew Grant.

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The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter, by Katherine Freese
Times Higher Education - July 10, 2014

Virginia Trimble on the search for the mysterious, magical secret ingredient of the universe.

Cosmic Cocktail Shaker


"Review: The Cosmic Cocktail"
AstroGuyz - July 4, 2014

It’s the hottest topic in modern astrophysics. What exactly is dark matter and dark energy? It is kind of amazing to think that astrophysicists do not yet completely understand just what most of the universe is made of.

And author Katherine Freese is on the forefront of this hunt, as she relates in her new book, The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter out from Princeton Press.

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The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter
BBC Sky at Night Magazine - 2014

Review by Nicky Guttridge, a science journalist and Hubble public information officer.

Cosmic Cocktail Shaker


"Review: The Cosmic Cocktail"
The Space Review - June 2, 2014

Freese suggests in the book that “any time now, the question of the dark matter may be answered” by any one of the wide range of experimental approaches.

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Katherine Freese Photo New Scientist   "A straight-talking woman's guide to dark matter"
NewScientist - June 16, 2014

Physicist Katherine Freese drinks deep of her life's adventures and cosmic mysteries alike in her captivatingly frank book The Cosmic Cocktail.


Book Events

Sept 7, 2014 "Skeptics Society with Michael Shermer" at Caltech, Pasadena, CA
Sept 3, 2014 at the Houston Museum of Natural History, Houston, TX
Sept 1, 2014 at Cafe Scientifique at the Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA
AJC Decatur Book Festival


AJC Decatur Book Festival
Decatur, GA - August 29 - 31

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children's area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.

World Science Festival Meet the Authors
Science And Story Café: Meet The Authors
World Science Festival - May 31, 2014

Astrophysicist Katherine Freese [described] her writing process for The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter. It’s not a mixology text, despite the cocktail shaker on the jacket; “it’s a recipe for the cosmos,” Freese said, plus the story of her own quest to find dark matter, the mysterious stuff that makes up 95 percent of our universe. She added that she had to learn how to weave a strong narrative, because “telling a story makes readers more interested in science,” and she hoped that her work would inspire more women to become involved in physics.
Event program / Freese's bio

May 20, 2014 at Town Hall in Seattle, WA
May 15, 2014 at Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL
May 13, 2014, Speaker at "Space, STEM & The Stars" at Dearborn, MI (program and bio)
May 12, 2014 at Hayden Planetarium in New York, NY
May 11, 2014 at Spectrum in New York, NY (download press release)
May 9, 2014 at Spectrum in New York, NY
May 5, 2014 at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA

Radio and Podcast Appearances

Science Insider with David Freeman: Dr. Katherine Freese. 8/11/2014.
Quirks and Quarks with Bob McDonald on CBC Radio, June 14, 2014
Podcast of Freese's talk at The Hayden Planetarium hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, May 12, 2014
The Groks Science Show, 6/8/2014 (podcast on PRX and podcast on iTunes)
Radio interview with Shelley Irwin on NPR Grand Rapids, May 15, 2014 (mp3 file)
Coast to Coast Radio Show, appearance on July 15, 2014 (Coast to Coast bio of Freese)
7/2/2014 Podcast on the American Physical Society's website Physics Central


"In The Cosmic Cocktail, Professor Katie Freese offers a gripping first-person account of her life as a cosmologist. The recipe? Part memoir, part tutorial, part social commentary. Shaken, not stirred."--Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, host of the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

"The Cosmic Cocktail provides a complete guide to the dark side--the unknown stuff that makes up most of the universe yet hides its identity so well that scientists don't even know what they're seeking. The search takes us into extra dimensions and black holes, orbiting satellites and South Pole ice, even tracking chambers stuffed with strands of DNA. It's a wild ride, and cosmologist Freese is just the person to guide us. Negotiating a Stockholm stairway in a ball gown and laurel wreath or learning to manage men by cocktail waitressing, she reminds us that interesting women are a key ingredient in the cosmic scientific mix."--K. C. Cole, author ofSomething Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and His Astonishing Exploratorium

"Freese tells her trailblazing and very personal story of how the worlds of particle physics and astronomy have come together to unveil the mysterious ingredients of the cosmic cocktail that we call our universe."--Brian Schmidt, 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Australian National University

"As one of the pioneers in the hunt for dark matter, Freese weaves together tales of her own adventures in cosmology with the broader history of this historic quest. Her book elegantly conveys both the underlying science and the excitement of discovery."--David Spergel, Princeton University

"Katherine Freese has long been a major player in the quest to discover dark matter's identity. She tells her story with an insider's perspective--the perspective of the dark matter hunter."--Dan Hooper, author of Dark Cosmos: In Search of Our Universe's Missing Mass and Energy

"I enjoyed reading this book. Its unique blend of personal anecdote and cutting-edge research is entertaining and refreshing. Freese is a very well-known and respected scholar in the field."--Juan I. Collar, University of Chicago