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    DescriptionThe 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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    Title
    Knocking on Heaven's Door
    Subtitle
    How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lisa Randall, Narrator Carrington MacDuffie
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 72 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452654393
    ISBN 10: 1452654395
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC21: 500
    DC22: 500
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Approval Code: A10305000
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    Abridged Dewey: 500
    BISAC V2.8: SCI055000
    B&T Approval Code: A53010000, A50890000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SCI015000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 56000
    LC classification: Q175.5 .R365 2011D
    Thema V1.0: PDR, PD, PGK
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    27 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    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."
    Review quote
    "This volume should appeal to experts and nonexperts alike intrigued by the latest scientific advances in our understanding of the cosmos." ---Library Journal