One of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and the bestselling author of Warped Passages and Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Lisa Randall is an expert in both particle physics (the study of the smallest objects we know of) and cosmology (the study of the largest). She has made advances in understanding and testing the Standard Model of particle physics, as well as contributions to cosmological inflation and dark matter.
The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation. In this lecture, Randall will give an overview of current developments in physics and describe the nature of scientific thinking, with emphasis on the role of scale. She will also discuss how experiments today are expanding the frontiers of knowledge.