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Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World


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Michael Barton, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Michael Barton)
Many books look at either the nature of science as a method of knowledge creation or the state of current theories in particle physics and cosmology, Randall, a particle physicist, however, weaves narratives of both into a single book. While at first this may seem like pressing together two different topics, it works well to show science as a human process. The overall strength of Randall’s offering is in her lucid descriptions of the largest experimental machine ever built (the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, operated by CERN), the history of its construction and the many ways that physicists are using it and planning to use it to not only study their immediate scientific interests, but, in Randall’s words, to “ultimately tell us about who we are and where we came from.” Here, then, Randall shares her thoughts about the intersection between science and religion. While physicists are currently debating the recent claim from a lab associated with CERN that neutrinos were recorded exceeding the speed of light, Knocking on Heaven’s Door serves to remind that science is an evolving process, that all ideas in science are not set in stone but tentative to revision based on evidence.
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Absolutely the best book of the year. An intelligent, creative, forward-thinking, and hopeful book that thankfully appeared at the right moment in order to be the antithesis of just about everything else that defines this past year. This work of nonfiction and theory sparked my interest more than any of the fiction I read this year.
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How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Dispelling the idea that science is based on unchanging rules, Harvard physicist Randall (Warped Passages) offers an insider's view of modern physics, a vital, continually 'evolving body of knowledge' in which previous ideas are always open to change — or even disposal, when researchers discover a theory which better fits observational evidence. While acknowledging art and religion as different ways to search for truth, Randall celebrates how science 'seeks objective and verifiable truth' through careful observation and measurement. As our technology allows our view of the world to expand, the range of things we can observe also expands, from what we can see with our naked eye to the world of subatomic particles and forces studied by particle physicists. The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest, most complex tool yet built to parse this tiny world to answer some of physics' biggest questions: the source of mass and gravity, the secrets behind dark matter and dark energy, and the underlying structure of the universe. Randall's witty, accessible discussion reveals the effort and wonder at hand as scientists strive to learn who we are and where we came from. 75 b&w illus. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "I didn't think it was possible to write a complex, detailed look at the world of physics that the non-scientist could understand, but then Lisa Randall wrote this amazing, insightful, and engaging book and proved me wrong."
"Review" by , "Randall's witty, accessible discussion reveals the effort and wonder at hand as scientists strive to learn who we are and where we came from."
"Review" by , "[A] whip-smart inquiry into the scientific work being conducted in particle physics....[Randall] brings a thrumming enthusiasm to the topic, but she is unhurried and wryly humorous....[Knocking on Heaven's Door] dazzles like the stars."
"Review" by , "Lisa Randall does a great job of explaining to the non-physicist the basic science approaches of modern physics and what the latest experiments might reveal....This is a must read to appreciate what is coming in our future."
"Review" by , "The general reader's indispensable passport to the frontiers of science."
"Review" by , "Beautifully written....An impressive overview of what scientists (of any kind) get up to, how they work and why science is an inherently creative endeavor."
"Review" by , "Randall's passion and excitement for science and physics is infectious and welcome in our digital age."
"Review" by , "Full of passion and jaw-dropping facts....A fascinating account of modern particle physics, both theoretical and practical."
"Review" by , "Written with dry wit and ice-cool clarity....Knocking on Heaven's Door is a book that anyone at all interested in science must read. This is surely the science book of the year."
"Review" by , "Randall manages to transform...experiments at distant and unfamiliar scales into crucial acts in a cosmic drama."
"Review" by , "Startlingly honest [and] beautifully written....Like being taken behind the curtain in Oz and given a full tour by the wizard."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Dazzling ideas....Read this book today to understand the science of tomorrow."
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