The future In the next decade, Randall, who is currently single, still sees herself working and teaching students.Her prediction for the future, like the nature of her work, contains a dose of uncertainty coupled with the anticipation of new discoveries: "I don't know what will be my chief research focus and I don't know what other activities I might participate in.Her persistence comes from knowing that breakthroughs happen, even if they're long off: "You learn that the interest is in what you don't yet know and that theories evolve.But we nonetheless have progress and improved knowledge over time.It's refreshing to see one of the most highly-cited thinkers in theoretical physics being a good sport about topping our selection of the "Sexiest Scientists Alive." "I'm old enough now to agree to this list!" Randall wrote in an email when we first approached her with the idea.
"But I liked the idea of doing something that applied to the world, not just doing abstract problems.
After returning to Harvard as a professor in 2001, Randall wrote three books between 20, starting with "Warped Passages," and more recently, "Knocking on Heaven's Door," and "Higgs Discovery," all while managing an active research program. A star is born Randall grew up in Queens, New York.
In the past few years, she's appeared on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," ranked alongside Hillary Clinton and Steve Jobs in "Time" magazine's "100 most influential people in the world," and "Knocking on Heaven's Door" was named as one of "The New York Times"' 100 notable books of the year. She showed an early flair for math and science while attending Stuyvesant High School, an elite magnet school in Manhattan.
It was the certitude of problem solving that drew Randall to physics, she tells Business Insider.
Interestingly, as a theoretical physicist, Randall's work is hardly grounded in definitive answers.
One of those particles is a heavier partner of the graviton, the particle responsible for transmitting the force of gravity.