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

Category: Book
By (author): Randall, Lisa
Subject:  SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology
  SCIENCE / General
  SCIENCE / Paleontology
  SCIENCE / Physics / Astrophysics
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: October 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.97in
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"A cracking read, combining storytelling of the highest order with a trove of information. . . . What's remarkable is that it all fits together."-Wall Street Journal

"Successful science writing tells a complete story of the ‘how'-the methodical marvel building up to the ‘why'-and Randall does just that."-New York Times Book Review

"[Randall] is a lucid explainer, street-wise and informal. Without jargon or mathematics, she steers us through centuries of sometimes tortuous astronomical history."-The Guardian

In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Professor Lisa Randall, one of today's most influential theoretical physicists, takes readers on an intellectual adventure through the history of the cosmos, showing how events in the farthest reaches of the Universe created the conditions for life-and death-on our planet.

Sixty-six million years ago, an object the size of a city crashed into Earth, killing off the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the planet's species. Challenging the usual assumptions about the simple makeup of the unseen material that constitutes 85% of the matter in the Universe, Randall explains how a disk of dark matter in the Milky Way plane might have triggered the cataclysm.

But Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs does more than present a radical idea. With clarity and wit, it explains the nature of the Universe, dark matter, the Milky Way galaxy, comets, asteroids, and impacts. This breathtaking synthesis, illuminated by pop culture references and social and political viewpoints, reveals the deep relationships among the small and the large, the visible and the hidden, as well as the astonishing beauty of the connections that surround us. It's impossible to read this book and look at either the Earth or the sky again in the same way.

Review Quote*"Successful science writing tells a complete story of the ‘how'-the methodical marvel building up to the ‘why'-and Randall does just that."
Review Quote*"A cracking read, combining storytelling of the highest order with a trove of information on subjects as diverse as astrophysics, evolutionary biology, geology and particle physics. What's remarkable is that it all fits together."
Review Quote*"The universe, Randall eloquently argues, is an organic thing, a symphonic thing, with all its myriad parts contributing their own notes."
Review Quote*"Randall succeeds in guiding the reader through the history of the cosmos and the Earth from the Big Bang to the emergence of life as we know it in a fun and captivating way. . . . [This is] a very enjoyable read for both lay readers and scientists."
Review Quote*"The nature of the impactor remains unknown, but if it was indeed a comet dislodged from the Oort Cloud, then Randall's book provides an entertaining and radical explanation of the events leading up to their ultimate extinction."
Review Quote*"Through Randall's brilliant research we see a universe unfold that is far grander than anyone at any time could have imagined… She is a progressive thinker, a visionary capable of bridging the vast gulf between speculation and reality science."
Review Quote*"Randall, a Harvard professor, is one of the world's leading experts on particle physics and cosmology. In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, she takes readers on an illuminating scientific adventure, beginning 66 million years ago, that connects dinosaurs, comets, DNA, and the future of the planet."
Review Quote*"Brilliant and thought provoking…The greatest strength of Randall's book is that it lacks any overly academic jargon and is reasonably easy to understand. Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs illustrates beautifully that there is so much left to be discovered about ourselves and the universe that we call home."