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Knocking On Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate our Universe

Knocking On Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate our Universe
 

The developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the universe: its make-up, its evolution and the fundamental forces that determine its operation. This book offers an accessible overview of these developments and a rousing defence of the rol... read full description below.

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Published 15 September 2012 by Vintage
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Author(s) By Randall, Lisa
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ISBN-13 9780099532088
ISBN-10 0099532085
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Publication Date 15 September 2012
International Publication Date 22 November 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Randall, Lisa
Category Popular Science
Physics
Number of Pages 464
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 29mm
Weight 319g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 530
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the universe: its make-up, its evolution and the fundamental forces that determine its operation. Knocking on Heaven's Door is an exhilarating and accessible overview of these developments and a rousing defence of the role of science in our lives. There could be no better guide than Lisa Randall: the bestselling author of Warped Passages is an expert on both particle physics (the study of the smallest objects we know of) and cosmology (the study of the largest) and is one of the most highly regarded theoretical physicists in the world. In Knocking on Heaven's Door she recounts the thrilling progress in our understanding of the universe from Galileo and Newton to Einstein and Feynman; she explores how we decide which scientific questions to study and how we go about answering them; and she examines the role of risk, creativity, uncertainty, beauty and truth in scientific thinking. Throughout, Lisa Randall explains with wit and clarity the latest ideas in physics and cosmology, including the aims of the biggest and most expensive machine ever built: the Large Hadron Collider, the enormous particle accelerator situated over a 100 metres below the French-Swiss border. More than 27 kilometres in circumference, it has within it the hottest spot in the galaxy as well as the coldest and features the most powerful supercomputer system of all time. One of the most illuminating science books 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Lisa Randall is hugely gifted... Full of passion and jaw-dropping facts... Fascinating -- Doug Johnstone Independent on Sunday Her touch is light and deft; these are not topics that come easily to life, and they are unavoidably complex at times, but Randall's calm authority and clarity of explanation are exemplary -- Michael Brooks New Scientist An impressive study...essential reading for anyone interested in science -- Christopher Potter Sunday Times Dazzling ideas... Read this book today to understand the science of tomorrow -- Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor And Author Of How The Mind Works 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 -- Richard Dawkins, Author Of The God Delusion
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Professor Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University. Randall's studies have made her among the most cited and influential theoretical physicists. She has also had a public presence through her writing, lectures, and radio and TV appearances. Her book Warped Passages- Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions was included in the New York Times' 100 notable books of 2005. Professor Randall was included in the list of Time magazine's '100 Most Influential People' of 2007 and was featured in Newsweek's 'Who's Next in 2006' as 'one of the most promising theoretical physicists of her generation'. Randall has received numerous awards and honors for her scientific endeavors. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Randall is an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

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