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.
©2013 Lee Billings (P)2013 Tantor
Didn't tell me anything I didn't already know or haven't read elsewhere. Hardly ground-breaking, eye-opening or revealing. Enough whining about SETI already. We have found exoplanets by other means. Talking about how these exoplanets were discovered, the conditions thereon, and the number of exoplanets discovered to-date would have been FAR more captivating.
The performance was fine. The book's content was awful
I'd have mentioned what a dead-end SETI is, then moved on to how exoplanets WERE discovered, instead of whining about the past.
Can I return this book? This was a horrible mistake.
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