Dark Matter And The Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe by Lisa RandallDark Matter And The Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe by Lisa Randall

Dark Matter And The Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

byLisa Randall

Hardcover | February 2, 2017

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In this brilliant exploration of our cosmic environment, the renowned particle physicist and New York Times bestselling author of Warped Passages and Knocking on Heaven’s Door uses her research into dark matter to illuminate the startling connections between the furthest reaches of space and life here on Earth.

Sixty-six million years ago, an object the size of a city descended from space to crash into Earth, creating a devastating cataclysm that killed off the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. What was its origin? In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Lisa Randall proposes it was a comet that was dislodged from its orbit as the Solar System passed through a disk of dark matter embedded in the Milky Way. In a sense, it might have been dark matter that killed the dinosaurs.

Working through the background and consequences of this proposal, Randall shares with us the latest findings—established and speculative—regarding the nature and role of dark matter and the origin of the Universe, our galaxy, our Solar System, and life, along with the process by which scientists explore new concepts. In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Randall tells a breathtaking story that weaves together the cosmos’ history and our own, illuminating the deep relationships that are critical to our world and the astonishing beauty inherent in the most familiar things.

Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University, where she is the Frank J. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science and the author of theNew York TimesNotable BooksKnocking on Heaven's DoorandWarped Passages. Her work has set her among the most cited and influential theoretical physicists today, and she is...
Title:Dark Matter And The Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the UniverseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.33 inPublished:February 2, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062328476

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slightly Textbook-ish It's an OK read but goes off on a tangent at times and is a little dry
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will Not Disappoint! In this book, the author, Lisa Randall puts forth the theory of where the comet came from that killed almost 3/4 quarters of life on this planet including the dinosaurs. Right from the first page, the author draws you in and does not let go until the end of the book! A must read for any science buff!
Date published: 2015-08-30

Editorial Reviews

“By grounding one in the principles of cosmology, particle physics, geology, astrophysics, paleontology and meteoritics, Randall provides the reader with a broad spectrum look at not only the world around them, but the worlds around that world, the galaxies and galactic clusters, filaments, sheets and, eventually, the Universe.”