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Knocking on Heaven's Door by Lisa Randall
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Oct 18, 11

bookshelves: science
Read from October 12 to 16, 2011

This is an unremarkable book that glams together a bunch of topics in modern science poorly. The beginning discussion of scale is interesting as the author notes that in physics, laws are rarely overturned universally, but adjustments need to be made at particular scale points at either very big or very small sizes. This was an nice way of summarizing the places where physics needs to be updated but much beyond this the book does nothing particularly well.

*The technical detail on the LHC is absolutely excessive. There is some commentary for the lay reader but wikipedia is probably a better resource.

*The puns are simply awful.

*The author seems to name-drop. I don't care about your personal relationship with the scientists you mention.

*Too many references to previous works. Please don't use your new book to sell your old one.

*Failure to do much mentioned in the subtitle.

After finishing this book and having some time to meditate on it, it was not worth the time nor money. Consider Lee Smolin's "The Trouble With Physics" for a much better exploration of current questions in physics.

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