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Author Talk and Book Signing: Adam Frank “Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth”

July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, astrophysicist, NPR commentator, and New York Times contributor Adam Frank tells the story of humanity’s coming of age as we awaken to the possibilities of life on other worlds and their sudden relevance to our fate on a climate-changed Earth. Adam compares modern, human society to confused teenagers: as a society, we, like teens, are in desperate need of a more knowledgeable, more experienced model to follow (regardless of how vehemently we may deny it). So, Adam argues, we should look to the stars. Adam traces the question of alien life and intelligence from the ancient Greeks to the leading thinkers of our own time, and shows how we can only be successful as a civilization if we recognize what science has recently discovered: that we are just one of ten billion trillion planets in the Universe.

Written with great clarity and conviction, Light of the Stars is filled with the inspiring work of pioneering scientists like Frank Drake and Carl Sagan, whose work at the dawn of the space age began building the new science of astrobiology; Jack James, the Texas-born engineer who drove NASA’s first planetary missions to success; Vladimir Vernadsky, the Russian geochemist who first envisioned the Earth’s biosphere; and James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis, who invented Gaia Theory. He recounts the perilous journey NASA undertook across millions of miles of deep space to get its probes to Venus and Mars, yielding our first view of the cosmic laws of planets and climate that changed our understanding of our place in the universe.

Thrilling science at the grandest of scales, Light of the Stars explores what may be the largest question of all: What can the likely presence of life on other worlds tell us about our own fate?

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Date:
July 10
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Venue

Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mt. Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
Phone:
(207) 288-4245

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Jesup Memorial Library
Phone:
(207) 288-4245