Five Billion Years of Solitude The Search for Life among the Stars
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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 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.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/3/2013
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
|Looking for Longevity|
|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|
|Selected Further Reading and Notes|