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Beyond the Known

How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars
Narrated by: Andrew Rader
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: History, World
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From brilliant young polymath Andrew Rader - an MIT-credentialed scientist, popular podcast host, and SpaceX mission manager - an illuminating chronicle of exploration that spotlights humans’ insatiable desire to continually push into new and uncharted territory, from civilization’s earliest days to current planning for interstellar travel.

For the first time in history, the human species has the technology to destroy itself. But having developed that power, humans are also able to leave Earth and voyage into the vastness of space. After millions of years of evolution, we’ve arrived at the point where we can settle other worlds and begin the process of becoming multi-planetary. How did we get here? What does the future hold for us?

Divided into four accessible sections, Beyond the Known examines major periods of discovery and rediscovery, from Classical Times, when Phoenicians, Persians and Greeks ventured forth; to The Age of European Exploration, which saw colonies sprout on nearly continent; to The Era of Scientific Inquiry, when researchers developed brand-new tools for mapping and traveling farther; to Our Spacefaring Future, which unveils plans currently underway for settling other planets and, eventually, traveling to the stars.

A mission manager at SpaceX with a light, engaging voice, Andrew Rader is at the forefront of space exploration. As a gifted historian, Rader, who has won global acclaim for his stunning breadth of knowledge, is singularly positioned to reveal the story of human exploration that is also the story of scientific achievement. Told with an infectious zeal for traveling beyond the known, Beyond the Known illuminates how very human it is to emerge from the cave and walk toward an infinitely expanding horizon.

©2019 Andrew Rader (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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An exciting whirlwind tour through the history of the world from our beginning to the modern world and into space, this book has it all. I learned a ton of new things, but this book is completely accessible to a non-history buff like myself. It’s told in a narrative style that’s like having a conversation with the author, which makes it very approachable. It’s noteworthy that the author talked about not only Western explorers, but explorers from around the world. I was especially interested in Andrew’s take on the future of exploration into space and to far away stars. The book left me excited to be alive and with a strong desire to encourage and support humanity’s next phase of exploration and discovery.