- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Bodley Head (1 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847920691
- ISBN-13: 978-1847920690
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.9 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Knocking On Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World Hardcover – 1 Sep 2011
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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, author of The God Delusion)
"Many books call to mind superlatives, but this one has them all. Lisa Randall's lucid explanations of concepts at the frontiers of physics - including her own dazzling ideas - are highly illuminating, and her hearty defense of reason and science is a welcome contribution to the contemporary world of ideas. Read this book today to understand the science of tomorrow" (Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor and author of How the Mind Works)
"I didn't think it was possible to write a complex, detailed look at the world of physics that the non-scientist could understand, but then Lisa Randall wrote this amazing, insightful and engaging book and proved me wrong" (Carlton Cuse, award-winning writer of television series Lost)
"Written with dry wit and ice-cool clarity...Knocking on Heaven's Door is a book that anyone at all interested in science must read. This is surely the science book of the year" (Christopher Potter Sunday Times)
"Lisa Randall does a great job of explaining to the non-physicist the basic scientific approaches of modern physics and what the latest experiments might reveal. This is a must read to appreciate what is coming in our future" (J. Craig Venter)
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.See all Product Description
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The notion of scaling - or rather, scale - is one of the most important concepts which Randall returns to again and again in "Knocking on Heaven's Door". She argues persuasively that, on a macroscopic scale, Newton's laws of motion are still relevant in explaining the motions of large objects such as planets and moons in the Solar System; it is only at atomic and subatomic scales that quantum mechanics does a much better job in explaining motions of subatomic particles. In other words, in plain English, Newtonian classical mechanics has become merely a subset of modern theoretical physics.Read more ›
As this book was written before the LHC had seen the Higgs boson then better books will surely be available for those interested in learning more.
A great deal of the book is devoted to the philosophy of science. Unfortunately, like many practicing scientists, Lisa Randall's philosophy of science is naive and confused to a toe-curling degree. She thinks she's in the business of proving things to be true, and says so, often.
If you loved "The First Three Minutes" and "A Brief History of Time", then you'll probably find this book to be a disappointment. But if there is a better one on the market, I haven't heard of it.
There are science writers, and then there are scientists, like Randall, who need either a good ghost, or a skilled copyeditor to pull her text together. Knocking on Heaven's door could be half as long, and twice as good. Bit of a shame, really.
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Lisa is an excellent communicator. She does a good job of giving you a feel of what is going on in a difficult subject without patronizing the reader. Read morePublished 7 months ago by E R THOMAS
Patronizing, popular science but, in my view, tediously written.Published 24 months ago by Mr. Barrie Simmonds
There were sections of this that I enjoyed and found useful, but there was a lot of material that I felt she'd written up for other occasions (public lectures, student course... Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2014 by J. Hudson
Bestseller!lisa randall is a rising star on theoretical physics!Published on 9 July 2014 by reinoudjan
Subtitled 'How physics and scientific thinking illuminate our universe' this is a book that definitely falls into the category of 'pop science' and is described early on as a... Read morePublished on 30 May 2014 by S. Meadows
Randall takes us through the building and early operation of the LHC and it's initial goal of finding the Higgs boson. Read morePublished on 12 May 2014 by Noetic Concordance