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The universe has many secrets. It may hide additional dimensions of space other than the familier three we recognize. There might even be another universe adjacent to ours, invisible and unattainable . . . for now.
Warped Passages is a brilliantly readable and altogether exhilarating journey that tracks the arc of discovery from early twentieth-century physics to the razor's edge of modern scientific theory. One of the world's leading theoretical physicists, Lisa Randall provides astonishing scientific possibilities that, until recently, were restricted to the realm of science fiction. Unraveling the twisted threads of the most current debates on relativity, quantum mechanics, and gravity, she explores some of the most fundamental questions posed by Nature—taking us into the warped, hidden dimensions underpinning the universe we live in, demystifying the science of the myriad worlds that may exist just beyond our own.
Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University, where she is the Frank J. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science. Her work has made her among the most cited and influential theoretical physicists today. She has been one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" and Rolling Stone's "RS100: Agents of Change," and both Knocking on Heaven's Door and Warped Passages have been named New York Times Notable Books. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. When not solving the problems of the universe, Randall can be found rock climbing, skiing, or contributing to art-science connections. Her libretto for Hypermusic Prologue premiered at the Pompidou Center in Paris in 2009. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“Lisa Randall, a leading theorist, has made major contributions to both particle physics and cosmology.”
-Brian Greene, bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabrics of the Cosmos
“Randall is one of the most influencial and exciting young theoretical Physicists working in elementary particle physics and cosmology today.”
-Lee Smolin, author of Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
“A great read. . . . I highly recommend it.”
-Ira Flatow, host of National Public Radio’s Science Friday