Lisa Randall

Lisa Randall

Professor of Physics, Harvard University; Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science

Known for her innovative theoretical physics advances and her best-selling books on scientific ideas and ways of thinking, Harvard professor Lisa Randall is adept at explaining forefront physics advances as well as connecting her research to broader domains.

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Speeches

  • How We See Dark Matter

    2015

  • Scale Matters

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

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    This talk is a sweeping overview of how the universe, the galaxy and the solar system have developed, as well as the critical role that dark matter—matter that doesn’t have any discernible interactions with light—has played. As we reflect on cultural, political and environmental changes to the planet today, it is useful to have in mind the billions of years of cosmological history that precede it. Professor Randall will present concepts in theoretical physics through a lens of contemporary issues that work to explain the nature of physical reality in a resonating and relevant way with non-scientist audiences.


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  • Lessons on Leadership from the Scientific World

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    In this talk, Professor Lisa Randall discusses how the scientific method can be applied to the business world by examining how scientists develop and try out new ideas, what they mean by progress, how they treat failure, how they deal with resistance to new ideas, and the constructive interplay of competition and collaboration. The audience will leave with a new approach and takeaways on how scientific practices can help businesses foster creativity and innovation within their companies.


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Books

  • Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World
  • Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions

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