Wednesday, June 6, 2012

May New Book Feature, Part II

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 University Press.

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: Vintage Books.

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.


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