Warped Passages: Unravelling the Universe's Hidden Dimensions Hardcover – 6 Jun 2005
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"A great read. . . . I highly recommend it." -- Ira Flatow, host of National Public Radio's Science Friday
"Randall is one of the most influencial and exciting young theoretical Physicists working in elementary particle physics and cosmology today."--Lee Smolin, author of Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
"A great read. . . . I highly recommend it."--Ira Flatow, host of National Public Radio's Science Friday
"Lisa Randall, a leading theorist, has made major contributions to both particle physics and cosmology."--Brian Greene, bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabrics of the Cosmos
Lisa Randall, a leading theorist, has made major contributions to both particle physics and cosmology. --Brian Greene, bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabrics of the Cosmos"
Randall is one of the most influencial and exciting young theoretical Physicists working in elementary particle physics and cosmology today. --Lee Smolin, author of Three Roads to Quantum Gravity"
A great read. . . . I highly recommend it. --Ira Flatow, host of National Public Radio's Science Friday" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Lisa Randall is a leading theoretical physicist and expert on string theory and has had chairs at MIT and Harvard. She works on one of the main two competing models of string theory in the quest to explain the fabric of reality.
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I have read some books that have knocked me off my feet over the years. But, Warped Passeges knocks their sox off. I admired the book so much that after I read my library copy, I bought it.
The first time I ever heard (outside SF, of course) about dimensions beyond three of space and one of time, was not so long ago when New Scientist did a piece on the idea. The problem was that the article raised too many questions of the wrong kind. What the piece whould have done is deal precisely with the questions that were raised. Those were the simple basic questions. For example, What is a dimension? The answer was not forthcoming in any set of words that made sense.
In Warped Passages, Lisa Randall, not only answered that question but it made sense to me and gave me a good idea of what the teeny, tiny ones are. I could never find anyone to make even the slightest sensible explanation before.
The whole book answers rafts of questions of that nature and a whole lot more as well. I'm grateful to her for that. The book even led to the answer to a question that has bothered me for many years - Why is there only one time dimension?
The answer lies in Randall's field of model making (I didn't even know what model making meant in physics before reading the book) which suffuses her book. For me, it was her historical, beginning, middle, end approach that took me by the hand and led me down a pretty wonderful garden path.
You may not need the most basic questions answered.Read more ›
So, seven years later I thought I'd give this a try and see if I could get some kind of layman's angle on what was going on these days. The book starts well in reviewing the history of physics. There's a very concise and to the point description of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.
There's a description of the Standard Model that I did find useful. I thought I had a fairly good understanding of the Standard Model, but the lady filled in some new areas for me, Electroweak theory and the Higg's mechanism which led me to a more flexible understanding of particle mass than I had had before.Read more ›
The cover of Lisa Randall's book "Warped Passages: Unravelling the universe's hidden dimensions" is very different. The title and her name are printed in her own handwriting, which gives this book a casual, but dead honest look. As if she has just scribbled down her latest ideas and wants the world to take notice as soon as possible, but in my opinion it marks the style of someone who is brutally honest about her work and wants the reader to really understand what she is talking about.
And you will not be disappointed: her passion for her research is well reflected in this book. I read it almost like a 'who dunnit' thriller so I will not spoil your fun by giving away too much details, but, having read quite a few similar books, this one really stands out in the crowd.
All the familiar characters of modern day physics, like quantum mechanics, relativity theory, particle physics, supersymmetry, string theory and braneworlds come on stage. They are properly introduced to the reader in separate chapters, which each start with a little intermezzo to give you a feel for how the story will go on. It serves both as an appetizer and gives you a moment to reflect before indulging in the next scenes.
This all builds up to the last chapters, where all these characters seem to play a part in a mysterious plot: hiding the evidence for extra dimensions !!Read more ›
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Great book, highly recommended! - Figure 40 has units of wavelength along the x axis, which is confusing to the non technical reader when the text talks exclusively about... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Kerr
Easily the best current book for those wanting an authoritative current account of extra dimensions, branes, and the juxtaposition of perspectives and progress in attempting to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr. Raymond L. Hall
Lisa Randall does her best to convey that, as you soon realise, which can only be understood through mathematics. It is beyond intuition or pictoral representation. Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2012 by Terry H
Gravity is the weakest forces of all the four forces of our universe, because, according to the author, it is concentrated in another spatial dimension of the universe, and these... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2010 by Rama Rao
This book introduces in a clear and concise manner many difficult and advanced concepts. To do this without mathematics is an impressive feat, which Randall seems to have... Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2009 by Daniboy
This is the first book I have read from the physicist Lisa Randall and it didn't disapoint. The book is a facinating and exciting journey through our current knowledge of physics... Read morePublished on 27 May 2009 by D. M. Finnick
ne of the most important physicists of our time, Lisa Randall, Professor of Physics, Harvard University, has written a spellbinding account of contemporary physics in her first... Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2008 by John Kwok
Ok, I bought this book because I fancy Lisa Randall.
However, I am also a life-long physics nut. Read more