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Knocking on Heaven's Door by Lisa Randall
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You would think a "non-believer" would pick a different title despite its attribution to a Bob Dylan song. Nonetheless, there is an element of faith (she call it "belief" p147) in this business of particle physics and astrophysics. Speaking of "nonetheless", that seems to be her favorite word. Perhaps she doesn't mixing other word like however, nevertheless, still, yet, notwithstanding, etc. So, it get annoying reading the word in the course of over 400 pages. However, Randall does an excellent job telling the history of the Large Hadron Collider and how it works. Personally, I would preferred a video on the subject, as Brian Greene did on String Theory. It would be shorter and more entertaining. And, if your physics education ended a long time ago, you can catch up to most of the salient discoveries since then. However, after 300 pages into the book, the subject got rather boring. Nevertheless, this book requires a second reading, perhaps when there's nothing else available that is more interesting.
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