The 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.
"This volume should appeal to experts and nonexperts alike intrigued by the latest scientific advances in our understanding of the cosmos." (Library Journal)
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- CHET YARBROUGH
Why, oh why, didn't Lisa Randall narrate...
The book is amazing, but my review knocks stars down because Lisa Randall really should have read her own book. She is an excellent professor, passionate speaker and delivers excellently in interviews and other media. Since I was also reading it in book form, I can compare and contrast the experience. The subject matter was engaging and very accessible to the layperson. I hoped listening to the audiobook would really enhance my experience of the words (as many books have done in the past when I took them with me for walks/hikes). However, instead of adding to the experience, listening to the audiobook was tough. Ms. MacDuffie could have used her lovely voice to read just about anything and I can't help but feel it would all be the same.
I don't want to disrespect Carrington MacDuffie, but this subject matter is a little too dry for her soft, almost clinically calm voice. Lisa Randall did a diservice to the layperson by not narrating the book herself, but I guess she's busy finding answers to - you know- the universe.
No way. I needed to break every hour or so to switch it up.