Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

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Sunday Times Science Book of the Year 2011.

We are poised on the edge of discovery in particle physics (the study of the smallest objects we know of) and cosmology (the study of the largest), and when these breakthroughs come, they will revolutionise what we think we know about the universe, and the modern world.

Lisa Randall guides us through the latest ideas, charting the thrilling progress we have made in understanding the universe – from Galileo and Newton to Einstein and the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Yet it's about more than just physics - Randall explains how we decide what questions to ask; how risk, beauty, creativity and truth play a role in scientific thinking; and how answering the big questions will ultimately tell us who we are and where we came from.

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"Lisa Randall is hugely gifted... Full of passion and jaw-dropping facts... Fascinating" (Doug Johnstone Independent on Sunday)

"An impressive study...essential reading for anyone interested in science" (Christopher Potter Sunday Times)

"Dazzling ideas... Read this book today to understand the science of tomorrow" (Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor and author of How the Mind Works)

"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)

"In this fascinating book, Lisa Randall, professor of theoretical physics at Harvard, explains the experimental research at the LHC and the theories that try to anticipate what they will find" (Manjit Kumar Independent)

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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.

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