Knocking on Heaven's Door

Knocking on Heaven's Door

How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

Book - 2011 | First edition.
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"From one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World"-- and bestselling author of Warped Passages--an exhilarating and readable overview of the latest ideas in physics and a rousing defense of the role of science in our lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780061723728
Branch Call Number: 500 RAN
Characteristics: xxi, 442 pages :,illustrations

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Apr 20, 2012

An earnest attempt to make the nature of physics (in particular, particle physics, and yes, that bad pun was intentional) more comprehendible falls shy of its mark. It starts off broadly, then rapidly shrinks its focus to dry detailed descriptions of what modern day physicists are trying to accomplish. Even though it tries to summarize such information, prepare for a hard slough through (get some caffeine beforehand). If you do get through, you will definitely broaden your knowledge and understanding of physics (yea!), but don't expect to get invited to more parties with your new scintillating insights.

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Feb 24, 2012

Very detailed book on the LHC.

bubbazannetti Nov 19, 2011

Well, throughout reading this tome I kept looking for an oasis to quench my parched mind. Talk about dry! If anyone would have answered the knock at heavens door I would have immediately asked for a glass of water. Didn't need the introductory cracks on religion, why mess with this unless seeking support from Dawkins or Mr. Physics, Bill Clinton. This is not physics for the layman. Actually after a few pages I just hoped I would be illuminated as to how she got the scar on her very shapley leg. I guess I'll need to wait for her next book for the answer to that Higgs Boson mystery.

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