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Professor Lisa Randall on why dark matter could be responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Professor Lisa Randall on why dark matter could be responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Professor Lisa Randall is the Frank B Baird junior professor of science. A theoretical particle physicist and cosmologist at Harvard University, her research offers theoretical insights into the puzzles and mysteries which surround the idea of matter in the universe, particularly dark matter, and offers a means of understanding standard particle physics models.

Randall’s work as an author has meant that both she and her work in the field of theoretical particle physics have a public presence which celebrates her work as a woman in science. Two of her works have reached the New York Times ‘100 Notable Books of the Year’ in the year of their publication and she is noted as one of the most influential and cited theoretical physicists and has been included in several ‘most influential people’ lists including Time magazine’s ‘100 Most influential People’. She has also won numerous awards and accolades for her work.

Her most recent book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe published in 2015 in the USA by Ecco Press and in January 2016 in the UK by Bodley Head, tells the story of Big Bang theory, cosmological inflation, the makeup of the universe and our solar system’s place in it; it’s about mass extinctions through the ages, what we know has hit the Earth and what might hit us in the future. And it explores the radical idea that dark matter might ultimately have been responsible for the dinosaurs’ extinction.

In this film hear Professor Randall explain some of her theory.