Episode 9: Lisa Randall: Unlocking The Secrets Of The Universe

World-renowned theoretical physicist Lisa Randall reveals how the Medici Effect and working in the Intersection play active roles in her mission to unravel the biggest mysteries in the universe. During the conversation, we delve into the unexpected parallels between innovation and supernovas, and explore how to apply the basic principles of physics to the world of business. Lisa also talks about her latest book Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, and reveals how society can mend its strained relationship with science.


Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University. Her research connects theoretical insights to puzzles in our current understanding of the properties and interactions of matter. She has developed and studied a wide variety of models to address these questions, the most prominent involving extra dimensions of space. Her work has involved improving our under-standing of the Standard Model of particle physics, supersymmetry, baryogenesis, cosmological inflation, and dark matter. Lisa’s research also explores ways to experimentally test and verify ideas and her current research focuses in large part on the Large Hadron Collider and dark matter searches and models.

Lisa has also had a public presence through her writing, lectures, and radio and TV appearances. Lisa’s books, Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions and Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World were both on The New York Times’ list of 100 Notable Books of the Year. Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space was released as a Kindle Single in the summer of 2012 as an update with recent particle physics developments. Her latest book Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe was also a New York Time’s bestseller.

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