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Lisa Randall discusses Knocking on Heaven's Door
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 6:00 PM (EST)
Cambridge, United States
Harvard Book Store is very pleased to host Harvard physics professor and bestselling science writer LISA RANDALL as she explains her newest book, Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World.
The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation. Knocking on Heaven’s Door is an accessible overview of these developments and an impassioned argument for the significance of science.
Randall, the bestselling author of Warped Passages, is an expert in both particle physics (the study of the smallest objects we know of) and cosmology (the study of the largest). In Knocking on Heaven’s Door, she explores how we decide which scientific questions to study and how we go about answering them. She examines the role of risk, creativity, uncertainty, beauty, and truth in scientific thinking through provocative conversations with leading figures in other fields (such as the chef David Chang, the forecaster Nate Silver, and the screenwriter Scott Derrickson), and she explains with wit and clarity the latest ideas in physics and cosmology. Randall describes the nature and goals of the largest machine ever built: the Large Hadron Collider, the enormous particle accelerator below the border of France and Switzerland—as well as recent ideas underlying cosmology and current dark matter experiments.