Harvard physicist and author Lisa Randall will speak on campus March 27.

Harvard physicist Lisa Randall to discuss her latest book, ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’


Lisa Randall, Ph.D., professor of physics at
Harvard University
and one of
Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World
, will speak at Chapman University on Tuesday, March 27, about her newly-published book,
Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Are Illuminating the Universe and the Modern World

The talk will take place at 5 p.m. in the Sandhu Conference Center, D and D1 (second floor), and a book signing will follow. The talk and book signing are free and open to the public.

The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation.
Knocking on Heaven’s Door
is an exhilarating and accessible overview of these developments and an impassioned argument for the significance of science.

There could be no better guide than Randall. The bestselling author of
Warped Passages
is an expert in both particle physics (the study of the smallest objects we know of) and cosmology (the study of the largest). In
Knocking on Heaven’s Door
, she explores how we decide which scientific questions to study and how we go about answering them. She examines the role of risk, creativity, uncertainty, beauty, and truth in scientific thinking through provocative conversations with leading figures in other fields (such as the chef David Chang, the forecaster Nate Silver, and the screenwriter Scott Derrickson), and she explains with wit and clarity the latest ideas in physics and cosmology. Randall also describes the nature and goals of the largest machine ever built — the
Large Hadron Collider
, the enormous particle accelerator below the border of France and Switzerland—as well as recent ideas underlying cosmology and current dark matter experiments.

Kirkus Reviews
Knocking on Heaven’s Door
“a whip-smart inquiry…a tour of subatomic physics that dazzles like the stars.”   
The Times
of London said, “Randall has done a tremendous service to the physics community in devoting her considerable talents to writing such an accessible text.

Randall was the first tenured female particle physicist at both MIT and at Harvard, joining the faculty of the latter institution in 2001.  Her work has been featured in
magazine, the
New York Times
Rolling Stone
, the
Scientific American
and many other popular publications. Randall is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Physical Society, and is the recipient of several honorary degrees.

When not solving the problems of the universe, she can be found rock climbing, skiing, or contributing to art-science connections. Hypermusic Prologue, a small opera for which she wrote the libretto, premiered in the Pompidou Center in 2009, and Measure for Measure, an art exhibit she co-curated, opened in Los Angeles in 2010.

Dawn Bonker

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