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If you could sum up Knocking on Heaven's Door in three words, what would they be?
Gives a good tour of current high energy particle physics. It's broken into sections. The first is for those questioning faith and just discovering the wonders of nature and science.
You could easily skip to part two and still love the book. She includes many technical details of the LHC.
What other book might you compare Knocking on Heaven's Door to and why?
The particle at the end of the universe. The reason is that it is the most up to date book regarding information on the HIGGS candidate and subsequent announcement in July of 2012
Any additional comments?
the title sucks and Lisa knows that it does. She even devoted time in the book talking about how calling the Higgs the God particle was a mistake
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This is an unremarkable book that glams together a bunch of topics in modern science poorly. The beginning discussion of scale is interesting as the author notes that in physics, laws are rarely overturned universally, but adjustments need to be made at particular scale points at either very big or very small sizes. This was an nice way of summarizing the places where physics needs to be updated but much beyond this the book does nothing particularly well.
*The technical detail on the LHC is absolutely excessive. There is some commentary for the lay reader but wikipedia is probably a better resource.
*The puns are simply awful.
*The author seems to name-drop. I don't care about your personal relationship with the scientists you mention.
*Too many references to previous works. Please don't use your new book to sell your old one.
*Failure to do much mentioned in the subtitle.
After finishing this book and having some time to meditate on it, it was not worth the time nor money. Consider Lee Smolin's "The Trouble With Physics" for a much better exploration of current questions in physics.
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