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

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

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By (author) Lisa Randall, Narrator Carrington MacDuffie

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 191mm x 15mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 27 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452654395
  • ISBN 13: 9781452654393
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,056,519

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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.

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Lisa Randall is the Frank J. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University and the bestselling author of the "New York Times" Notable Book "Warped Passages." Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook "Many Things Invisible."

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"This volume should appeal to experts and nonexperts alike intrigued by the latest scientific advances in our understanding of the cosmos." ---Library Journal