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Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars [Paperback]

Item : Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars [Paperback]
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Author Author : Billings, Lee
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1617230162
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781617230165
Publisher Publisher : Current
Pages Pages : 304
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100400600

“A definitive guide to astronomy’s hottest field.” —The Economist

Since its formation nearly five billion years ago, our planet has been the sole living world in a vast and silent universe. But over the past two decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of “exoplanets,” including some that could be similar to our own world, and the pace of discovery is accelerating.


In a fascinating account of this unfolding revolution, Lee Billings draws on interviews with the world’s top experts in the search for life beyond earth. He reveals how the search for exoplanets is not only a scientific challenge, but also a reflection of our culture’s timeless hopes, dreams, and fears.

“Graceful... the best book I have read about exoplanets, and one of the few whose language approaches the grandeur of a quest that is practically as old as our genes.
 —New York Times Book Review
 
“Will leave readers who aren’t rocket scientists slack-jawed”
 —New York Times

“Billings performs a brilliant sleight of hand…the ending is a poignant reminder that humankind may yet find a way to the stars, but people — the ones we know, the ones we love, the ones we lose — are our entire history and our full universe.”
The Washington Post
 
The search for Earth-like worlds orbiting distant stars is just a step in the age-old quest to learn whether or not we are alone in the universe. In his compelling, wide-ranging survey, Billings steps back to look at this broader picture, largely through richly textured portraits of some of the giants of the field...[an] extraordinary tale of scientific discovery.
 —Scientific American

“Fascinating… A great ol³

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