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

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10 Critic Reviews

...a whip-smart inquiry into the scientific work being conducted in particle physics.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

“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

“Dazzling ideas….Read this book today to understand the science of tomorrow.”
—Steven Pinker

The bestselling author of Warped Passages, one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and one of Esquire’s “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 author’s provocative conversations with Nate Silver, David Chang, and Scott Derrickson, Knocking on Heaven’s 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 began…and how it might ultimately end.

 

About Lisa Randall

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Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University, where she is Frank J. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science. Her work has made her among the most cited and influential theoretical physicists today, and has been featured in Discover, The Economist, Newsweek, Scientific American, and many top-ranked scientific journals. She has been one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" and Rolling Stone's "RS100: Agents of Change," and her first book, Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions, was named a New York Times Notable Book. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. When not solving the problems of the universe, Randall can be found rock climbing, skiing, or contributing to art-science connections. Her libretto for Hypermusic Prologue premiered at the Pompidou Center in Paris in 2009. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by Ecco. 480 pages
Genres: Other, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Jim Holt on Oct 07 2011

Her book thus alternates between the nitty-gritty of particle physics and meditations of a more rarefied sort.

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The Independent

Below average
Reviewed by Doug Johnstone on Sep 18 2011

...but on top of the irri-tating title (presumably designed to stir up controversy in the science versus religion debate), Knocking on Heaven's Door is an uneven and unbalanced read.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Manjit Kumar on Sep 16 2011

In this fascinating book, Lisa Randall, professor of theoretical physics at Harvard, explains the experimental research at the LHC and the theories that try to anticipate what they will find

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The Agony Column

Excellent
Reviewed by Rick Kleffel on Oct 09 2011

'Knocking on Heaven's Door' is an impassioned call to reason and reality.

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Times Higher Education

Excellent
Reviewed by TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION on Sep 01 2011

So Knocking on Heaven's Door is an impressive but not quite perfect book. Parts are wonderful and I would recommend them enthusiastically to anyone.

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Amerian Scientist

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter Pesic

The resulting book is valuable and engaging; like its predecessor, it is a tour de force of popularization.

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The Romance Reader

Good
Reviewed by Thea Davis

...to bring to the nonscientific reader a greater understanding of quantum mechanics – dealing with the smallest object we know, and of cosmology, the workings of the universe — the largest object we know.

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Good
Reviewed by Jono Walker on Jan 28 2012

If you have any inclinations towards science at all, you should read this book. We are very likely standing on the edges of some incredibly important scientific breakthroughs about the fundamental workings of the universe.

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The Work of Michael Shermer

Good
Reviewed by Michael Shermer on Dec 01 2011

As flawed as it sometimes can be, science is still the most reliable tool ever devised for understanding the world. Few have captured this essence better than Randall in Knocking on Heaven’s Door.

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Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 01 2011

...a whip-smart inquiry into the scientific work being conducted in particle physics.

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