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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Baker & Taylor
"From the one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World"-- and bestselling author of Warped Passages--an exhilarating and readable overview of the latest ideas in physics and a rousing defense of the role of science in our lives"--Provided by publisher.


“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.

Book News
Randall (particle physics and cosmology, Harvard U.) surveys cutting edge theoretical physics, focusing on research enabled by the Large Hadron Collider. It is intended for a non-specialist audience and makes many connections between this research and how thinking scientifically works. The importance of scale is stressed through-out the book. She addresses how scientists deal with uncertainty as something other than failure and as an inevitable aspect of their work. In the latter sections of the books, she turns to concerns about black-holes forming as a result of experiments in the Large Hadron Collider, as well as the creativity involved in the scientific process and even the implications science has for aesthetic judgment. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Featuring thought-provoking conversations with leading figures in other fields, a renowned physicist expert on both particle physics and cosmology discusses the latest technological breakthroughs and examines the role of risk, creativity, uncertainty, beauty and truth in scientific thinking. 75,000 first printing.
Featuring conversations with leading figures in other fields, a renowned physicist discusses the latest technological breakthroughs and examines the role of risk, creativity, uncertainty, beauty, and truth in scientific thinking.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061723728
Branch Call Number: 500 RAN
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.

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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