Wednesday, September 21, 2011

An indispensable passport to the stars*

In Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Lisa Randall—Frank J. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard and expert in both particle physics and cosmology—introduces students to the latest developments in physics—which will radically revise their understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation.

With Lisa Randall as their guide, students will explore how to decide which scientific questions to study and how to go about answering them. They will examine the role of risk, creativity, and uncertainity, beauty, and truth in scientific thinking through provocative conversations with leading figures in other fields, and they’ll get a tour of the largest machine ever built: the Large Hadron Collidor.

Along the way, students will come to understand that the biggest scientific questions we face and how answering them could ultimately tell us who we are and where we came from.

“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


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