Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
by Lisa Randall
Published: October 2015
Lisa Randall (professor of particle physics and cosmology at Harvard) provides a comprehensive examination of how the Earth interacts with its cosmic environment. The first ~80% of the book presents both theoretical and data-driven explorations how particle physics, geology, and cosmology all contribute to our understanding of the history of the universe. But, as evidenced in the title, this all sets the stage for Randall’s own research in dark matter — specifically its potential role in influencing long-range comet trajectories.
4 out of 5 stars: A bit dense, but definitely still approachable thanks to Randall’s light-hearted asides and palpable sense of awe and wonder.