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Lisa Randall discusses Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

This event includes a book signing.

Online pre-sales (ticket + book) on sale September 22. $5 tickets on sale October 6 at 9am at Harvard.com. Unable to attend? Order the book(s) or pre-order a signed copy from Harvard Book Store. No Brattle Passes.

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe, by Lisa RandallHarvard Book Store welcomes particle physicist and bestselling author LISA RANDALL for a discussion of her latest book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe.

Dark Matter and Dinosaurs is a brilliant exploration of our cosmic environment, New York Times bestselling author of Warped Passages and Knocking on Heaven’s Door uses her research into dark matter to illuminate the startling connections between the furthest reaches of space and life here on Earth.

Sixty-six million years ago, an object the size of a city descended from space to crash into Earth, creating a devastating cataclysm that killed off the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. What was its origin? In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Lisa Randall proposes it was a comet that was dislodged from its orbit as the Solar System passed through a disk of dark matter embedded in the Milky Way. In a sense, it might have been dark matter that killed the dinosaurs.

Working through the background and consequences of this proposal, Randall shares with us the latest findings—established and speculative—regarding the nature and role of dark matter and the origin of the Universe, our galaxy, our Solar System, and life, along with the process by which scientists explore new concepts. In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Randall tells a breathtaking story that weaves together the cosmos’ history and our own, illuminating the deep relationships that are critical to our world and the astonishing beauty inherent in the most familiar things.


Lisa RandallLisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University, where she is Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she is the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees. Professor Randall was included in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” of 2007 and was among Esquire magazine’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century.” Professor Randall’s two books, Warped Passages (2005) and Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2011) wereNew York Times bestsellers and 100 Notable Books. Her stand-alone e-book, Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space, was published in 2012.

Photo Credit: Christopher Kim