Lisa Randall looks at the world a little differently. She’s a big picture kind of physicist, literally. Her latest book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe, was just published and is in the Physics Library. She recently recorded a podcast for On Being. From the website:
“Our world is rich,” Lisa Randall has written, “so rich that two of the most important questions particle physicists ask are: Why this richness? How is all the matter that I see related?” As one of the most influential theoretical physicists working today, she’s increasingly interested in the interconnectedness between fields that have previously operated more autonomously: astronomy, biology, and paleontology. She’s pursuing a theory that “dark matter” might have created the cosmic event that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs — and hence humanity’s rise as a species. We explore what she’s discovering, as well as the human questions and takeaways her work throws into relief.
Lisa Randall’s other books are available through the Library Catalog.