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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.
The title of the book turns me off - Heaven is a concept born when times were tough - most people depended on Agriculture, there was no democracy, the King's word was law, medicine... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Vanamali
At the very least, read the introduction and the last chapter. There is much basic wisdom crowded into a few words here! Read morePublished 24 days ago by Bill Baity
Today's popular science writers are not cut from the same cloth as Gamow, Asimov, or even Hawking. Wrapped securely in the blankie of her Harvard education, she smugly defends... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John E. Entwistle
Drifts a little, but gives a good layman's understanding of what particle physics is all about. Not at all burdened with equations, so meant for non-technical audience.Published 1 month ago by Tom Vyse
I am a lawyer, not a scientist. I found this book understandable for someone like me. Fortunately, the author added an introductory section about the discovery of the Higgs-Boson... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barry Blyveis
I just finished Randall's book Warped Passages and enjoyed it very much. So it was with anticipation that approached reading this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Randolph Eck
A complete, comprehensive book for the readers eager to understand Standard Model, particle physics and dimensions, presenting the theories by the aid of their phylosophy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Erdem Silistreli