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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.
By this book right now. It is great! And if you follow Lisa on Twitter and say, "Hi, Lisa" she may even say "hi" back!Published 4 days ago by M. R. Busby
Clearly and cleverly written but no 'new news' and starting to feel a bit recycled.Published 2 months ago by Alex Croy
Good book in terms of philosophy. A majority of the book is spent on Randall harping about how people don't understand science and that scientific thinking can make the world... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Porter Strickler
I worked in a large corporation as a Physicist for 34 years at the world class level. When those critics have achieved what Lisa has, then they can come back and comment... Read morePublished 4 months ago by james crowe
A cheap shot at Sarah Palin that has nothing to do with the topic. A weak discussion of religion that should have been left to other authors who do a much better job. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Chait
While I'm not a physicist I have had a fascination with particle physics and the general nature of the universe and even pondered the implications of an 11 dimensional universe. Read morePublished 5 months ago by George N. Wells