Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

ADAM FRANK is the Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester. A Carl Sagan Medal winner from the American Astronomical Society, he is also the author of Light of the Stars and was the science adviser for Marvel's Doctor Strange. Frank is the principal investigator on NASA's first grant to study technosignatures--signs of advanced civilizations on other worlds--and his current work focuses on the evolution of life and planets, the "Astrobiology of the Anthropocene," and the long-term trajectory of civilizations. He lives in Rochester, New York.


This enthralling book by a leading astrophysicist places our human drama in its proper cosmic context, showing why civilizations must use their technology to safeguard rather than sabotage their planet's climate.--Max Tegmark, best-selling author of Life 3.0
This momentous and bracing story is one that Adam Frank, an accomplished astrophysicist and a gifted writer, is uniquely qualified to tell.--Robert Wright, best-selling author of Why Buddhism Is True
Adam Frank deserves our gratitude for condensing so much fascinating material into this highly readable book.--Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and best-selling author of Universe
Frank's book serves as a kind of cosmic GPS, giving us an orientation that will help us to succeed. As such it really deserves the phrase 'everyone should read this, ' and happily it's not just important but also very clear, succinct, and entertaining.--Kim Stanley Robinson, best-selling author of the Mars Trilogy
A valuable perspective on the most important problem of our time.--Adam Becker "NPR"
Light of the Stars provides a marvelous perspective on how astronomy could make us all better Earthlings.--Lee Billings "Scientific American"
An intriguing account of the ongoing search for alien civilizations whose failure to appear may be a warning for humans to get their act together.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
[Frank is] knowledgeable, witty, irreverent, provocative, and very entertaining. . . . [Light of the Stars] offers solid science and lots of fun.-- "Booklist (starred review)"