Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

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$16.99
Publisher
Ecco Press
Publish Date
Pages
480
Dimensions
5.3 X 7.8 X 1.2 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780061723735

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About the Author

Lisa Randall is Professor of Science at Harvard University and a leading expert on particle physics and cosmology. Her research focuses in particular on extra dimensions of space. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was on the list of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2007.

Reviews

"Full of passion and jaw-dropping facts. . . . A fascinating account of modern particle physics, both theoretical and practical."--The Independent on Sunday
"Beautifully written. . . . An impressive overview of what scientists (of any kind) get up to, how they work and why science is an inherently creative endeavor."--Times Higher Education (London)
"Randall's witty, accessible discussion reveals the effort and wonder at hand as scientists strive to learn who we are and where we came from."--Publishers Weekly
"Randall manages to transform . . . experiments at distant and unfamiliar scales into crucial acts in a cosmic drama."--Daily Beast
"Offers the reader a glimpse of the future. . . . An enlightening and exciting read."--San Francisco Book Review
"Valuable and engaging. . . . Randall's generous cornucopia of ideas, her engaging style, and above all her deep excitement about physics make this a book that deserves a wide readership."--American Scientist
"[Randall's] eloquent book details the trials and tribulations of the [Large Hadron Collider], from conception to implementation, and takes us on a grand tour of the underlying science."--Nature
"Lisa Randall is the rarest rarity--a theoretical physics genius who can write and talk to the rest of us in ways we both understand and enjoy. This book takes nonspecialists as close as they'll ever get to the inner workings of the cosmos."--Lawrence H. Summers, President Emeritus of Harvard University
"Written with dry wit and ice-cool clarity. A book anyone at all interested in science must read. Surely the science book of the year."--Sunday Times (London)
"Very accessible, readable, and appealing to a broad audience. . . . Randall's passion and excitement for science and physics is infectious and welcome in our digital age."--New York Journal of Books
"Lisa Randall does a great job of explaining to the non-physicist the basic science approaches of modern physics and what the latest experiments might reveal. . . . This is a must read to appreciate what is coming in our future."--J. Craig Venter, sequencer of the human genome and developer of the first synthetic life
"An exciting read about the very edge of modern science. . . . [Knocking on Heaven's Door] inspires a sense of awe, appreciation and excitement for what the future holds."--Daily Texan
"Lisa Randall has written Knocking on Heaven's Door in the same witty, informal style with which she explains physics in person, making complex ideas fascinating and easy to understand. Her book . . . just might make you think differently--and encourage you to make smarter decisions about the world."--President Bill Clinton
"A deep and deeply wonderful explanation of how science--and the rest of the known universe--actually works."--Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness
"Science has a battle for hearts and minds on its hands: a battle on two fronts--against superstition and ignorance on one flank, and against pseudo-intellectual obscurantism on the other. How good it feels to have Lisa Randall's unusual blend of top flight science, clarity, and charm on our side."--Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion
"Randall's lucid explanations of . . . the frontiers of physics-including her own dazzling ideas-are highly illuminating, and her hearty defense of reason and science is a welcome contribution. . . . Read this book today to understand the science of tomorrow."--Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought
"I didn't think it was possible to write a complex, detailed look at the world of physics that the non-scientist could understand, but then Lisa Randall wrote this amazing, insightful, and engaging book and proved me wrong."--Carlton Cuse, award-winning producer and writer of Lost
"Startlingly honest [and] beautifully written. . . . Randall's calm authority and clarity of explanation are exemplary. . . . Like being taken behind the curtain in Oz and given a full tour by the wizard."--NewScientist.com
"[A] whip-smart inquiry into the scientific work being conducted in particle physics. . . . [Randall] brings a thrumming enthusiasm to the topic, but she is unhurried and wryly humorous. . . . [Knocking on Heaven's Door] dazzles like the stars."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The general reader's indispensable passport to the frontiers of science."--Booklist (starred review)
"[Randall is] one of the more original theorists at work in the profession today. . . . She gives a fine analysis of the affinity between scientific and artistic beauty, comparing the broken symmetries of a Richard Serra sculpture to those at the core of the Standard Model."--New York Times Book Review