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HEFTI Public Lecture by Lisa Randall

Lisa Randall

Professor Lisa Randall of Harvard gave a public lecture at the ARC Ballroom at UC Davis on Apr. 17, 2012 at 8 pm. Her talk was be based on her recent popular book Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World, which explores the role of science in our lives. Information about her previous lecture entitled "Warped Passages" is available here.

Knocking on Heaven's Door book cover

Knocking on Heaven's Door

From one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, a rousing defense of the role of science in our lives. 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 Lisa 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 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.

This lecture is sponsored by the High Energy Frontier Theory Initiative and the UC Davis Physics Deptartment.

Time and Place

The talk was held on Tuesday April 17, 2012 at 8 pm in the ARC Ballroom at UC Davis.

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