Knocking on Heaven's Door

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

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 445 pages
  • 134 x 198 x 30mm | 340.19g
  • Ecco Press
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0061723738
  • 9780061723735
  • 288,074

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"[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)
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Back cover copy

One of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world and the bestselling author of Warped Passages, Lisa Randall is an expert in both particle physics (the study of the smallest objects we know of) and cosmology (the study of the largest). In this, her most recent book, Randall takes us on an amazing tour through the latest developments in physics--including a new preface explaining the thrilling discovery of the Higgs boson--and the theoretical concepts underlying this work.

Knocking on Heaven's Door also explores the role of risk, creativity, uncertainty, beauty, and truth in scientific thinking. Through provocative conversations with leading figures in other fields, including chef David Chang, forecaster Nate Silver, and screenwriter Scott Derrickson, and through reflections on her own work, Randall makes an impassioned argument in defense of science.
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Review Text

"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)
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4 33% (661)
3 27% (546)
2 8% (165)
1 3% (61)
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