Science has a battle for hearts and minds on its hands.How good it feels to have Lisa Randalls unusual blend of top flight science, clarity, and charm on our side.Richard DawkinsDazzling ideas.Read this book today to understand the science of tomorrow.Steven PinkerThe bestselling author of Warped Passages, one of Time magazines 100 Most Influential People in the World, and one of Esquires 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 authors provocative conversations with Nate Silver, David Chang, and Scott Derrickson, Knocking on Heavens 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 beganand how it might ultimately end....
|Title||:||Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World|
|Number of Pages||:||463 Pages|
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Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World Reviews
I am a lawyer, not a scientist. I found this book understandable for someone like me. Fortunately, the author added an introductory section about the discovery of the Higgs-Boson because it had not yet been discovered when the book was published. Randall is a highly competent writer. This is not a simple book. One have to re-read a few paragraphs to understand them. The primary subjects are physics, particularly particle physics, and astronomy. I read a lot of popularized science material; my brother, who is as intelligent as I but doesn't read much science, found the book very tough going and quit it. Randall is awed by the beauty of science and by the work done by other scientists and convey her enthusiasm very well.
I just finished Randall's book Warped Passages and enjoyed it very much. So it was with anticipation that approached reading this book. Randall notes the intended audience for this book saying that it "is intended for an interested lay reader who would like to have a greater understanding of current theoretical and experimental physics and who wants a better appreciation of the nature of modern science - as well as the principles of sound scientific thought." The title is explained in the book: "Scientists knock on heaven's door in an attempt to cross the threshold separating the known from the unknown."
Light on physics, heavy on Randall's opinions and life experiences. A lot of these physics books have a ton of history of physics for the fist 5 chapters or so (like "from Archimedes to Einstein", so to speak) but then they dive into the modern physics that the reader was looking for. In Randall's book, instead of history of physics, the first chapters are all about the history of her professional life, lectures, books, political conversations, etc.. Disappointing.
This is a great book to read for those who want to understand what current research tells us about quantum physics and cosmology. Randall explains contemporary ideas in a manner that those who do not have a background in science or math can easily comprehend. She also gives the reader a good idea of how actual scientific theories and experiments are developed and tested. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to anyone interested in where the current state of scientific discoveries in physics stands today.
DR. Lisa Randall is a master at explaining the complex research being conducted in theory and application regarding particle physics.
While I'm not a physicist I have had a fascination with particle physics and the general nature of the universe and even pondered the implications of an 11 dimensional universe. Dr. Randall takes the reader on a slow walk through the world of science on a path that leads to the LHC in Europe. She describes, in fascinating detail, how the sensors work and what they measure. She even has fun with the media panic over the potential that the LHC would form a black-hole that would consume us all.
At the very least, read the introduction and the last chapter. There is much basic wisdom crowded into a few words here!