What is the relation between science and culture in defining our response to the world.  How does it shape our choices for the human future?

Astrophysicist Adam Frank is a leading expert on the final stages of evolution for stars like the sun, and his computational research group at the University of Rochester has developed advanced supercomputer tools for studying how stars form and how they die. A self-described “evangelist of science,” he is also committed to showing others the beauty and power of science, and exploring the proper context of science in culture.

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  • Get ready to read the most original book about our collective future and the threats from global warming. Adam Frank takes us into new territory, using alien civilizations as our guide. From extinction to a promising future, Frank explores our options, giving us a chance to redirect our current disastrous course before it’s too late.
    Marcelo Gleiser
  • In this provocative new book, Adam Frank makes the case that one good way to think about life on Earth is to think about the prospect of life on other planets—and what it might have to teach us about how to be good Earthlings.
    Sean Carroll
  • Exoplanets and the prospects for alien life are among the most fascinating and fast-advancing topics in the whole of science—and these advances help us to see our own Earth in a fuller perspective. Adam Frank deserves our gratitude for condensing so much fascinating material into this highly readable book.
    Martin Rees
  • Adam Frank ably picks up where Carl Sagan left off, translating remarkable new scientific insights on planetary life cycles into a sobering question for Homo sapiens: Can we be more than a ‘cosmic teenager,’ as Sagan put it, and act on evidence that intelligence doesn’t guarantee a species longevity?
    Andrew Revkin
  • This book describes the emerging science of astrobiology, which is helping us to understand the task we face in bringing our civilization into a healthy relationship with our planet. Frank’s book serves as a kind of cosmic GPS, giving us an orientation that will help us to succeed. Happily it’s not just important but also very clear, succinct, and entertaining.
    Kim Stanley Robinson
  • This important book puts the challenge of climate change literally in an astronomical perspective, by explaining why any technological civilization will have to solve it, if it is to survive. Gracefully and clearly written, this is a book that everyone concerned with the world our grandchildren will inherit will want to read.
    Lee Smolin
  • In explaining the science and sociological drivers that will determine whether or not we humans will be part of the long future of our planet, Adam Frank introduces us to an array of charming scientific explorers you’ve probably never heard of, as well as the giants who have dared to adopt a cosmic perspective as a necessity for pondering our future fate.
    Jill Tarter

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