Here's Part II of the May New Book Features. If you missed Part I, check it out here. Remember, if any of these books sound interesting to you, please stop by the library to check it out (and remember to review them on this blog once you're finished)!
Randall, L. (2011). Knocking on
heaven's door : how physics and scientific thinking illuminate the universe and
the modern world. New York: Ecco.
Lisa Randall sets before the reader a broadly sweeping explanation of physics and the
contemporary scientific process. She not only manages to explain the current state of both particle physics and cosmology to the non-scientist, but she also describes the contemporary
process of science, illuminating how scientists decide which topics to study as well as how they answer them and why it's important.
Weinberg, S. (2009). Lake views :
this world and the universe. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard
Lake Views consists of a
series of well-written essays by Steven Weinberg, organized in chronological, order reflecting on physics,
religion, politics, and more. Many of these essays have previously appeared as book
reviews or articles in various publications and are preceded by a short introduction in this
collection. The binding quality of these essays is that they were all written at the author's home along the shore of Lake Austin in Texas.
Bojowald, M. (2011). Once before
time : a whole story of the universe. 1st Vintage books ed. New York:
Once Before Time is an account of how the universe was created and functions
using loop quantum cosmology (LQC), a new theory devised by the author that
marries Einstein's theory of gravity with quantum mechanics. Most
interestingly, Bojowald explains the advent of the universe using LQC and, unlike Einstein, can account for the big bang (or alternatively, the big bounce) theory.