Light of the Stars by Adam Frank

Light of the Stars

Light of the Stars 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 Earth. Astrophysicist Adam Frank traces the question of alien life and intelligence from the ancient Greeks to the leading thinkers of our own time, and shows how we as a civilization can only hope to survive climate change if we recognize what science has recently discovered: that we...

Details Light of the Stars

TitleLight of the Stars
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Space, History

Reviews Light of the Stars

  • Carrie
    Imagine you are a time traveler who just landed on Earth 2.7 billion years ago. As you step outside on this younger version of our planet, what's your first experience? The answer is pretty simple.You die. The inner science geek in me devoured this book looking at the possibility of past alien civilizations. This comprehensive look at cosmic life, proposed as early as 2200 years ago by a Greek philosopher. Frank takes readers through historical v...
  • Lindsey Thomas
    Take everything you think you know about aliens and throw it out. Light of the Stars is a brilliant and fascinating look into the world of astrobiology and its implications for Earth’s future. Using a combination of science, history, and narrative, Frank illuminates how humans, as an intelligent civilization, are driving the course of Earth’s evolutionary fate. He asserts that we are most likely not the only intelligent civilization to have e...
  • Pop
    I found this book fascinating as I do all things space. Adam makes a compelling case that there’s very likely millions and millions (or more) of other planets that have produced not just life, but intelligent life. So where are they? Adam methodically describes the stresses created by that intelligent life on the host planet as they develop the technology and energy sources to support their lifestyle. These stresses may have lead to the destruc...
  • Steve Nolan
    The beginning of this book made me anticipate that it was going to be LIFE CHANGING. It sorta then just ended up being a summary of a lot of other work - most of it real cool! - but that never really turned into what I expected. Prolly a 3 star, but I just felt let down at the end.Lot of really cool thought experiment stuff, though! I also prolly read it too fast.
  • Michael Sparks
    This does a good job of taking you through some of the history of climate and other world/star science. Not a bad book.
  • Sugarrr
    I've received this book through the goodreads giveaway :)It was a fantastic read!!! I feel like I've learned so much while reading this book, so many interesting things like the greenhouse effect on Venus , Earth and Mars !! Loved it loved it loved it!!I wholeheartedly recommend this book !!
  • Erica Kaminski
    I 'binge-read' this book in 3 days, couldn't put it down -- Frank has an impeccable talent for thought-provoking story telling (whether you catch him giving a talk in person, over the radio, or in writing) and yet I think he may have outdone himself with this one... The prose is elegant, the arguments compelling and clearly presented, and the conclusions powerful.In light of the torrent of newly discovered exo-worlds, Frank expertly picks up wher...
  • Claudia
    It's all about the experiment that the universe is conducting on the planet Earth - this civilization project. We've made it this far. It's a question of how long will humanity survive.The book basically starts out with the creation of the planets in our solar system, specifically Earth and goes through the harsh eons as it cools, develops water, develops continents, life, oxygen, and variations that we see outside our windows, in a zoo or a muse...
  • Sean Meriwether
    For anyone somewhat versed in astrobiology or space exploration, this book might come across as a refresher. For anyone interested in exploring the subject Frank's clean and easy to digest prose will give a comprehensive introduction. The author explores the statistical possibility of other life (hopefully intelligent) in the universe by defining the parameters of The Drake Equation, and outlines the emergence of astrobiology and exoplanet discov...
  • Matt Ward
    One of the greatest things about popular science as a genre is how it can take topics that are somewhat dry and boring and bring life to it. We get to feel what's so cool about the topic that excited the scientists to work on it (The Elegant Universe, The Shape of Inner Space, The Selfish Gene, and Fermat's Last Theorem come to mind). Adam Frank is clearly fascinated by this stuff, but he doesn't spend enough time motivating it to get an unintere...
  • Alan Newton
    A fascinating book, which gives a good plotted history of the story of our planet and of scientific studies of our biosphere , specifically Gaia theory posited by James Lovelock, that was first pilloried by the scientific community, before many aspects of it were more roundly accepted under the alternative name of “earth system science” , just so that the theories could be accepted. The author does a good job of bringing together numerous dif...
  • Andy
    This book doesn't deliver what it promises at all. I was very disappointed. It promises to tell us "what the latest thinking on alien civilizations reveals about our own", but in reality it just gives four or five simple points, none of which are based on even recent research. For instance, one whole chapter is dedicated to pointing out that Mars and Venus have had various climates over their history. Another chapter tells us that Earth has too. ...
  • Audra Falk
    After reading this book, I have a much bigger view of the universe. WOW.I also now have what is probably a more accurate perspective of our own tiny place within time and space--and a greater appreciation of the privileges and responsibilities we as humans have on this planet and at this time.For someone who struggled with physics and chemistry classes in school, I was happy to find that I was able to understand the vast majority of this book. Th...
  • Timders77
    Adam Frank has a knack for taking complex scientific concepts and explaining them in a much more accessible fashion. As a reader who has a deep interest in the topic but is being introduced to some of the principle concepts, this was very helpful. Along those lines, this is a fantastic book for people who have a base understanding or are being introduced to topics such as Fermi's paradox, Carl Sagan's work, and the SETI program. For those reader ...
  • Geoff Balme
    A two pronged effort 1 of making biologically induced climate understood (where’d all this O2 come from anyway?) and two of updating our out look on the vastness of space and the possibilities of exocivilization. Frank is s Verizon optimistic writer and does a fine job following up much of the work I first encountered with Sagan ages ago. Can we have a long term relationship with Earth? It remains to be seen.
  • Matthew Thomas Wyatt
    A truly fascinating book. If you ever thought astrophysics was beyond your realm of understanding, then check this out. Adam Frank offers a way forward for our planet and breaks down complex science and math into simpler language.
  • Ietrio
    A sermon on how the human hive should strive towards the holy goal inspired by the preacher himself. Otherwise a mildly boring book on the history of the phenomenon.