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Knocking on heaven's door : how physics and scientific thinking illuminate the universe and the modern world

by Randall, Lisa.

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"From the 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. Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Scaling reality. What's so small to you is so large to me ; Unlocking secrets ; Living in a material world ; Looking for answers
  • Scaling matter. The magical mystery tour ; "Seeing" is believing ; The edge of the universe
  • Machinery, measurements, and probability. One ring to rule them all ; The return of the ring ; Black holes that will devour the world ; Risky business ; Measurement and uncertainty ; The CMS and ATLAS experiments ; Identifying particles
  • Modeling, predicting, and anticipating results. Truth, beauty, and other scientific misconceptions ; The Higgs boson ;The world's next top model ; Bottom-up versus top-down
  • Scaling the universe. Inside out ; What's so large to you is so small to me ; Visitors from the dark side
  • Roundup. Think globally and act locally.