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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (444 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Randall Narrator: Carrington MacDuffi Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The bestselling author of Warped Passages and one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Lisa Randall gives us an exhilarating overview of the latest ideas in physics and offers a rousing defense of the role of science in our lives. Featuring fascinating insights into our scientific future born from the author’s provocative conversations with Nate Silver, David Chang, and Scott Derrickson, Knocking on Heaven’s Door is eminently readable, one of the most important popular science books of this or any year. It is a necessary volume for all who admire the work of Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Brian Greene, Simon Singh, and Carl Sagan; for anyone curious about the workings and aims of the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest and most expensive machine ever built by mankind; for those who firmly believe in the importance of science and rational thought; and for anyone interested in how the Universe began … and how it might ultimately end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Bill Clinton

  • “The general reader’s indispensable passport to the frontiers of science.”

    Booklist, starred 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

  • “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

  • “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.”

    New Scientist

  • “[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

  • “[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.”


  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dave Vander | 2/13/2014

    " Excellent book. Lisa Randall does a great job explaining the subjects in this awesome book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Corinna Bechko | 2/7/2014

    " Really interesting summation of where we are in regards to particle physics. While not nearly as dense as Randall's previous work Warped Passages, it does contain a large amount of technical information about the LHC and the way that particle colliders work. Randall doesn't ever talk down to the reader, which is refreshing but challenging. This is not a quick beach read, but well worth the effort if you are interested in the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marius Croeser | 1/5/2014

    " Excellent. Although funny to read how she tries to maintain some compromise between science- and faith truth. Watch 2012/2013 for the discovery of her predicted KK particle and perhaps then a Nobel Prize? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michael Taylor | 1/1/2014

    " Reads a little to much like a textbook at times. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Randall

Lisa Randall is a professor of physics at Harvard University. She is one of today’s most influential and highly cited theoretical physicists, and has received numerous awards and honors for her contributions. Her work has been featured in Time magazine, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vogue, the Economist, Scientific American, and elsewhere. Randall is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Physical Society, and is the recipient of several honorary degrees. When not solving the problems of the universe, she can be found rock climbing, skiing, or contributing to art-science connections. Hypermusic Prologue, a small opera for which she wrote the libretto, premiered in the Pompidou Center in 2009, and Measure for Measure, an art exhibit she co-curated, opened in Los Angeles in 2010.