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Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Oktober 2012

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“Written with dry wit and ice-cool clarity. A book anyone at all interested in science must read. Surely the science book of the year.” (Sunday Times (London))

“Startlingly honest [and] beautifully written. . . . Randall’s calm authority and clarity of explanation are exemplary. . . . Like being taken behind the curtain in Oz and given a full tour by the wizard.” (NewScientist.com)

“[Randall is] one of the more original theorists at work in the profession today. . . . She gives a fine analysis of the affinity between scientific and artistic beauty, comparing the broken symmetries of a Richard Serra sculpture to those at the core of the Standard Model.” (New York Times Book Review)

“[A] whip-smart inquiry into the scientific work being conducted in particle physics. . . . [Randall] brings a thrumming enthusiasm to the topic, but she is unhurried and wryly humorous. . . . [Knocking on Heaven’s Door] dazzles like the stars.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“The general reader’s indispensable passport to the frontiers of science.” (Booklist (starred review))

“[Randall’s] eloquent book details the trials and tribulations of the [Large Hadron Collider], from conception to implementation, and takes us on a grand tour of the underlying science.” (Nature)

“Offers the reader a glimpse of the future. . . . An enlightening and exciting read.” (San Francisco Book Review)

“Valuable and engaging. . . . Randall’s generous cornucopia of ideas, her engaging style, and above all her deep excitement about physics make this a book that deserves a wide readership.” (American Scientist)

“Full of passion and jaw-dropping facts. . . . A fascinating account of modern particle physics, both theoretical and practical.” (The Independent on Sunday)

“Beautifully written. . . . An impressive overview of what scientists (of any kind) get up to, how they work and why science is an inherently creative endeavor.” (Times Higher Education (London))

“Randall’s witty, accessible discussion reveals the effort and wonder at hand as scientists strive to learn who we are and where we came from.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Randall manages to transform . . . experiments at distant and unfamiliar scales into crucial acts in a cosmic drama.” (Daily Beast)

“An exciting read about the very edge of modern science. . . . [Knocking on Heaven’s Door] inspires a sense of awe, appreciation and excitement for what the future holds.” (Daily Texan)

“Very accessible, readable, and appealing to a broad audience. . . . Randall’s passion and excitement for science and physics is infectious and welcome in our digital age.” (New York Journal of Books)

“Lisa Randall has written Knocking on Heaven’s Door in the same witty, informal style with which she explains physics in person, making complex ideas fascinating and easy to understand. Her book . . . just might make you think differently—and encourage you to make smarter decisions about the world.” (President Bill Clinton)

“A deep and deeply wonderful explanation of how science—and the rest of the known universe—actually works.” (Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness)

“Lisa Randall is the rarest rarity—a theoretical physics genius who can write and talk to the rest of us in ways we both understand and enjoy. This book takes nonspecialists as close as they’ll ever get to the inner workings of the cosmos.” (Lawrence H. Summers, President Emeritus of Harvard University)

“Science has a battle for hearts and minds on its hands: a battle on two fronts—against superstition and ignorance on one flank, and against pseudo-intellectual obscurantism on the other. 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 Selfish Gene and The God Delusion)

“Randall’s lucid explanations of . . . the frontiers of physics-including her own dazzling ideas-are highly illuminating, and her hearty defense of reason and science is a welcome contribution. . . . Read this book today to understand the science of tomorrow.” (Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought)

“Lisa Randall does a great job of explaining to the non-physicist the basic science 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, sequencer of the human genome and developer of the first synthetic life)

“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 producer and writer of Lost)


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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.

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Ein gut zu lesendes Buch, mit interessanten Einblicken in die Hochenergiephysik. Vor allem das Kapitel über das CERN und den LHC ist fasziniernd und zeigt welch hohes Ansehen die Europäische Forschung weltweit hat.

Die Kapitel in denen es ans "Eingemachte geht", das Standardmodell, Supersymmetrie und das Higgs Boson, sind oberflächlich und bieten keine schlüssigen Erklärungen. Mehr Tiefgang, experimentelle Ergebnisse bzw klare matemathische Modelldarstellungen hätte ich mir gewünscht.

Insgesamt aber ein empfehleswertes Buch !
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Seems to be the attempt of a us scientist to fight a us problem with science. Hope it will work for them
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I found this book understandable for someone like me. Fortunately 27. September 2015
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I am a lawyer, not a scientist. I found this book understandable for someone like me. Fortunately, the author added an introductory section about the discovery of the Higgs-Boson because it had not yet been discovered when the book was published. Randall is a highly competent writer. This is not a simple book. One have to re-read a few paragraphs to understand them. The primary subjects are physics, particularly particle physics, and astronomy. I read a lot of popularized science material; my brother, who is as intelligent as I but doesn't read much science, found the book very tough going and quit it. Randall is awed by the beauty of science and by the work done by other scientists and convey her enthusiasm very well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The World of High Energy Physics 4. August 2015
Von Randolph Eck - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I just finished Randall's book Warped Passages and enjoyed it very much. So it was with anticipation that approached reading this book. Randall notes the intended audience for this book saying that it "is intended for an interested lay reader who would like to have a greater understanding of current theoretical and experimental physics and who wants a better appreciation of the nature of modern science - as well as the principles of sound scientific thought." The title is explained in the book: "Scientists knock on heaven's door in an attempt to cross the threshold separating the known from the unknown."

She begins by discussing the many misconceptions people have about science today and introduces us to the concept of effective theories, which is a technique scientists use to study "particles and forces that have effects at the distances in question." A whole chapter is then spent on the contribution of Galileo in establishing the foundations of science thought. Some time is spent discussing the different aims for science and religion. She notes that the goals of science and religion are intrinsically different. Science addresses physical reality, whereas religion tends to be concerned with psychological or social human desires. Early modern scientists actually viewed the "Book of Nature" and the "Book of God" as similar paths to edification and revelation.We are next taken on a journey from the sub-atomic scales all the way down to something known as the Planck length (10-33 cm). We learn of the discoveries of electrons and quarks, fixed-target verses particles colliders, the Higgs mechanism, and more.

Section III of the book delves into the machinery and measurements behind the science, notably the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. A chapter is spent discussing the conception, construction, first tests, and problems encountered with the LHC. Some feared the LHC would be capable of producing black holes, and maybe even destroy the earth. Randall puts our fears at bay by explaining all we need to know about this. She continues by discussing calculating and dealing with risk citing common examples such as climate change and the financial crisis and explains how risk can be mitigated. The next topic deals with measurement and uncertainty where we learn the meaning of the terms accuracy, precision, and systemic uncertainty. A chapter is devoted to the CMS and ATLAS experiments. These are the two general purpose detectors of the LHC. They are incredibly large and extremely complex wonders of engineering. Perhaps Randall's own theories will be verified here. Space is devoted to explaining in more detail the detection system. Here we have the trackers (innermost part of the detector), the electromagnetic calorimeter, the hadron calorimeter, and on the outermost part of the detectors we have the muon detector. There are many images provided to show us all that is described in the text.

Section IV of the book deals with the topics of modeling and prediction of results. The concept of beauty and its relationship to science is explored, and we are given some insight into the process of model building. This segues into the nature of the Higgs boson, the Higgs field, symmetry breaking, and how the Higgs imparts mass to particles via something called the Higgs mechanism. We also learn about how the particles produced in the LHC can be used to identify the "fingerprints" of the latest theories. One theory of the author, called the Randall-Sundrum theory, proposes a warped geometry involving two types of branes in close proximity. Randall expresses the anxiety provoking nature of waiting for the LHC results. She notes that "They could change our view of the underlying nature of reality [...] When the results are in, whole new worlds could emerge. Within our lifetimes, we just might see the universe very differently." The text would not be complete with a discussion of inflation, dark matter and dark energy. We are informed of the various dark matter detection methods, and the various experiments worldwide that are being conducted in a attempt to detect it.

Randal has given us here a glimpse into the world of high-energy physicists and cosmologists, their hopes, and the experiments that could answer the fundamental questions about the universe we live in.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Don't be misled by the catchy title Knocking on Heaven's Door, it is all about scientific thinking the second part of the title 28. Dezember 2014
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Good book in terms of philosophy. A majority of the book is spent on Randall harping about how people don't understand science and that scientific thinking can make the world better. If you are already a proponent of science and want to uncover good arguments for its continuance then get this book. However, if you are like me looking for a book about modern science and explanations of phenomena look elsewhere. There is barely any actual talk of physics in this book other than to use it as a quick example to prove why science is important.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Randall gives you a glimpse into what really smart people understand that you don't 4. Dezember 2016
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Have you ever read a book and realized you aren't understanding what you are reading? Ms. Randall gives you a glimpse into what really smart people understand that you don't. It is amazing look at what we know about particle physics and creation of the universe. Lisa dumbs it down so ordinary people get some comprehension.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Neither too shallow nor too deep 14. Oktober 2014
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While I'm not a physicist I have had a fascination with particle physics and the general nature of the universe and even pondered the implications of an 11 dimensional universe. Dr. Randall takes the reader on a slow walk through the world of science on a path that leads to the LHC in Europe. She describes, in fascinating detail, how the sensors work and what they measure. She even has fun with the media panic over the potential that the LHC would form a black-hole that would consume us all.

It is an excellent tour and perhaps even a recommended read for that child who has a budding interest in science and math.
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