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Lisa Randall

Knocking on heaven's door

In Knocking on heaven's door: how physics and scientific thinking illuminate the universe and the modern world Lisa Randall looks at the place of science in society, and in particular at what some of the large scale experiments are aiming to achieve.

The book starts will a look at the development of science from ancient times to Galileo and Newton and on to the present day, discussing the motivations of scientists, the nature of creativity and the relationship of science and religion. Much of the book is concerned with the Large Hadron Collider, telling of the huge detectors there and the search for the Higgs boson and other particles. Randall explains the predictions of various models and how they can be compared using the results from the LHC.

I thought the book contained much of interest, in particular the explanations of what the LHC is looking for. It's written in a non-technical way, but I thought that some people might find it rather a long book - in a way it's two books, one on Randall's viewpoint on science and society, and one on the LHC, so maybe it's more for those who have already read a few books on the subject.

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Hardcover 464 pages  
ISBN: 006172372X
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Published: 2011 Ecco
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Hardcover 464 pages  
ISBN: 1847920691
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Published: 2011 Bodley Head
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“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.