Knocking on Heaven's Door

Knocking on Heaven's Door

How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

Book - 2011
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"Science has a battle for hearts and minds on its hands....How good it feels to have Lisa Randall's unusual blend of top flight science, clarity, and charm on our side."
--Richard Dawkins

"Dazzling ideas....Read this book today to understand the science of tomorrow."
--Steven Pinker

The bestselling author of Warped Passages, one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World," and one of Esquire's "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century," Lisa Randall gives us an exhilarating overview of the latest ideas in physics and offers a rousing defense of the role of science in our lives. Featuring fascinating insights into our scientific future born from the author's provocative conversations with Nate Silver, David Chang, and Scott Derrickson, Knocking on Heaven's Door is eminently readable, one of the most important popular science books of this or any year. It is a necessary volume for all who admire the work of Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Brian Greene, Simon Singh, and Carl Sagan; for anyone curious about the workings and aims of the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest and most expensive machine ever built by mankind; for those who firmly believe in the importance of science and rational thought; and for anyone interested in how the Universe began...and how it might ultimately end.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061723728
006172372X
Characteristics: xxi, 442 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Apr 20, 2012

An earnest attempt to make the nature of physics (in particular, particle physics, and yes, that bad pun was intentional) more comprehendible falls shy of its mark. It starts off broadly, then rapidly shrinks its focus to dry detailed descriptions of what modern day physicists are trying to accomplish. Even though it tries to summarize such information, prepare for a hard slough through (get some caffeine beforehand). If you do get through, you will definitely broaden your knowledge and understanding of physics (yea!), but don't expect to get invited to more parties with your new scintillating insights.

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tj_is_cool
Feb 24, 2012

Very detailed book on the LHC.

bubbazannetti Nov 19, 2011

Well, throughout reading this tome I kept looking for an oasis to quench my parched mind. Talk about dry! If anyone would have answered the knock at heavens door I would have immediately asked for a glass of water. Didn't need the introductory cracks on religion, why mess with this unless seeking support from Dawkins or Mr. Physics, Bill Clinton. This is not physics for the layman. Actually after a few pages I just hoped I would be illuminated as to how she got the scar on her very shapley leg. I guess I'll need to wait for her next book for the answer to that Higgs Boson mystery.

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