Knocking on Heaven's Door
How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern WorldBook - 2011
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.
“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.”
“Dazzling ideas….Read this book today to understand the science of tomorrow.”
The bestselling author of Warped Passages, one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and one ofEsquire’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.
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 (booknews.com)
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.
"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.