Alien Earths

Audiobook Details

Author:

Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger

Narrated By:

Cassandra Campbell, Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger

Length:

8 hrs and 31 mins

File Type:

.m4b

Release Date:

04-16-24

File Size:

247.09 MB

Audiobook Summary

This program features an introduction and epilogue read by the author.

“In the grand tradition of Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, we now have a new tour guide to the cosmos.”―Charles Cockell, Professor of Astrobiology, University of Edinburgh

“Absorbing, informative, and entertaining.”―Kirkus (starred)

Riveting and timely, a look at the research that is transforming our understanding of the cosmos in the quest to discover whether we are alone.

For thousands of years, humans have wondered whether we’re alone in the cosmos. Now, for the first time, we have the technology to investigate. But once you look for life elsewhere, you realize it is not so simple. How do you find it over cosmic distances? What actually is life?

As founding director of Cornell University’s Carl Sagan Institute, astrophysicist Lisa Kaltenegger has built a team of tenacious scientists from many disciplines to create a specialized toolkit to find life on faraway worlds. In Alien Earths, she demonstrates how we can use our homeworld as a Rosetta Stone, creatively analyzing Earth’s history and its astonishing biosphere to inform this search. With infectious enthusiasm, she takes us on an eye-opening journey to the most unusual exoplanets that have shaken our worldview—planets covered in oceans of lava, lonely wanderers lost in space, and others with more than one sun in their sky! And the best contenders for Alien Earths. We also see the imagined worlds of science fiction and how close they come to reality.

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