Five Billion Years of Solitude The Search for Life among the Stars

ISBN-10: 1617230065
ISBN-13: 9781617230066
Edition: 2013
Authors: Lee Billings
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Description: An intimate history of Earth and the quest for life beyond the solar system Since its formation nearly five billion years ago, our planet has been the sole living world in a vast and silent universe. Now, Earth’s isolation is coming to an end. Over  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/3/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.002
Language: English

An intimate history of Earth and the quest for life beyond the solar system Since its formation nearly five billion years ago, our planet has been the sole living world in a vast and silent universe. Now, Earth’s isolation is coming to an end. Over the past two decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of “exoplanets” orbiting other stars, including some that could be similar to our own world. Studying those distant planets for signs of life will be crucial to understanding life's intricate mysteries right here on Earth. In a firsthand account of this unfolding revolution, Lee Billings draws on interviews with top researchers. He reveals how the search for other Earth-like planets is not only a scientific pursuit, but also a reflection of our culture’s timeless hopes, dreams, and fears. This is a compelling story of the pioneers seeking the meaning of life in the infinite depths of space.

Introduction
Looking for Longevity
Drake's Orchids
A Fractured Empire
The Worth of a World
After the Gold Rush
The Big Picture
Out of Equilibrium
Aberrations of the Light
The Order of the Null
Into the Barren Lands
Acknowledgments
Selected Further Reading and Notes
Index

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