The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir

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Price
$17.00  $15.81
Publisher
Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.1 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.57 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780525576266

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About the Author
Sara Seager is an astrophysicist and a professor of physics and planetary science at MIT. Her research, which earned her a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" grant, has introduced many foundational ideas to the field of exoplanets, and she led NASA's Probe-class study team for the Starshade project. She is now at the forefront of the search for the first Earth-like exoplanets and signs of life on them. She lives with her family in Concord, Massachusetts.
Reviews
"It is the easiest thing in the world to resign yourself to what is, to curl around yourself and your circumstances. This is a book filled with hope and wonder, because falling in love after loss is a defiant act of optimism, much like searching the stars for life beyond our own little planet. You'll leave this book feeling possibility and inevitability, comforted by the knowledge that even in the dark, we are not alone."--Nora McInerny Purmort, author of It's Okay to Laugh

"Sara Seager's exploration of outer and inner space makes for a stunningly original memoir. Far from being dwarfed by the scale of exoplanets and galaxies, her most human tale of love, loss, and redemption is illuminated and given meaning by this backdrop. . . . A beautiful and compelling read."--Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone

"I absolutely loved this book. It presents both cutting-edge science and the deeply human side of a MacArthur award-winning woman astrophysicist. While searching for other planets in the universe, she grieves for her husband who died of cancer."--Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain

"The miracle of this breathtaking book is the way Sara Seager's search for life in the universe mirrors her search for a fitting life here on earth. Who knew that so much love and beauty and hope could come from so much confusion and fear and grief? Who knew that the macrocosm and the microcosm could end up being the very same thing?"--Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations

"Seager's beautifully written memoir strikes the perfect balance, weaving a richly told personal story with a clear and accessible tale of the birth and development of a new kind of astronomy--the search for other worlds like our own."--Katie Mack, author of The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)

"A singular scientist has written a singular account of her life and work." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This thoughtful and affecting memoir of navigating life after loss reads like a comforting novel, inspiring others to follow their dreams and never give up on the possibilities of discovery and self-reflection." --Library Journal (starred review)

"This wondrous tale of discovery, loss, and love is both expansive and intimate." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)