Knocking on Heaven's Door:
How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World
November 8, 2011
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
$5.00 - On Sale Now
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.
Online ticket sales for this event have ended. Tickets are still available at Harvard Book Store and by phone at 617.661.1515.
Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 10 minutes
As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and proceed along Brattle St. Follow Brattle St. as it curves to the right in Brattle Square (follow the sidewalk on the right side of the street). The Brattle will be on the left-hand side of the street. The building is shared with Algiers Cafe and Alden & Harlow Restaurant, and the theatre entrance is on the left side of the building—look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.
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