Elaine Campbell's Reviews > Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

Knocking on Heaven's Door by Lisa Randall
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Dec 09, 11

Read from September 23 to December 09, 2011

This book contains a wealth of scientific information; however, the author does not seem gifted in communicating her subject in an interesting manner. It is often dull and dry where it should be very exciting.

One of the problems is the tendency toward repetition and the many divergences into secondary topics that take the reader's focus off the main road, so to speak. For instance, when expecting an exposition of particle physics or modern astronomy, one side road leads to a lengthy debate on the scientific versus religious views of science and the history thereof.

So this book is not an easy read, at least not for the layman like myself. It tends to drag, get off course and become redundant. That said, it is written by an expert in her field of particle physics and what can be learned from the author is probably worth the difficulty in navigating some the pages of this book.

Therefore, I do recommend it with reservations. For the more scientifically sophisticated, this book may be smoother sailing.
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