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From one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, a rousing defense of the role of science in our lives
The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation. Knocking on Heaven’s Door is an exhilarating and accessible overview of these developments and an impassioned argument for the significance of science.
There could be no better guide than Lisa Randall. The bestselling author of Warped Passages is an expert in both particle physics (the study of the smallest objects we know of) and cosmology (the study of the largest). In Knocking on Heaven’s Door, she explores how we decide which scientific questions to study and how we go about answering them. She examines the role of risk, creativity, uncertainty, beauty, and truth in scientific thinking through provocative conversations with leading figures in other fields (such as the chef David Chang, the forecaster Nate Silver, and the screenwriter Scott Derrickson), and she explains with wit and clarity the latest ideas in physics and cosmology. Randall describes the nature and goals of the largest machine ever built: the Large Hadron Collider, the enormous particle accelerator below the border of France and Switzerland—as well as recent ideas underlying cosmology and current dark matter experiments.
The most sweeping and exciting science book in years, Knocking on Heaven’s Door makes clear the biggest scientific questions we face and reveals how answering them could ultimately tell us who we are and where we came from.
I have not finished reading this book, and I am ready to give it a great review.
What is good about this book is that the author Lisa Randall does an excellent job at clearly explaining those concepts she sets out to explain.
With that said, I still think this book is worth reading and I, for the most part, thought it was very good.
You have to be a physicist to understand most of this book. Definitely not for the lay people.Published 24 days ago by Anonymous
These dopes think I'm going to write something here. Nuts to them.Published 1 month ago by Theresa M. Bender
Dr Randall presents an interesting line of discussion about the Standard Model in Particle Physics and how the development of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) should help uncover... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wesley Williams
This book covers the waterfront in terms that are both informative but also in a "friendly" tone. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Al Warren
In the introduction, the author states that "Knocking on Heaven's Door" is actually two books, one about particle physics and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and another... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chad Cloman
Excellent Author for a very complex story. Needs a future follow up when evelopments occur.Suitable for familiarizing High School
students looking into Astrophysics.