The book of immortality : the science, belief, and magic behind living forever / Adam Leith Gollner.
- ISBN: 9781439109427 (hbk. : alk. paper)
- ISBN: 1439109427 (hbk. : alk. paper)
- ISBN: 9781439109434 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- ISBN: 1439109435 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- Description: x, 402 pages ; 24 cm
- Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013.
- 10 copies at NOBLE (All Libraries).
- 0 copies at Gloucester.
0 current holds with 11 total copies.
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|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (p. 382-388) and index.
|Contents Note:|| On finitude and infinity -- The nature of immortality -- Belief. We bereave, we believe ; Journey into remoteness ; The valley of astonishment ; Lessons of the teachings ; To sea and hear ; Beneath the gaze of eternity ; Technical interlude : writ in water ; The magical fountain ; Letters upon letters : dividing the invisible ; Almost real ; Let's run into the waves and spring back to life -- Magic. Mystifier ; Escapology ; The sorcerer's lair ; Sleights of mind ; Technical interlude : magick, Eros, symbolism ; Transmuting magic into science -- Science. Mercurial times ; Preservation's particulars : longevity and longing ; Biological calculus ; It was the future ; Refrigerator heaven ; Secret Santa Barbara ; The Harvard Symposium -- If _____ is possible -- Springs eternal.
|Summary:|| Journalist Adam Leith Gollner weaves together religion, science, and mythology in an exploration of the most universal of human obsessions: immortality. Raised without religion, Gollner was struck by mankind's tireless efforts to cheat aging and death. In a narrative that pivots between profundity and hilarity, he brings us into the world of those whose lives are shaped by a belief in immortality. Combining immersive reporting, rigorous research, and lyrical prose, he charts the rise of longevity science from its alchemical beginnings to modern-day genetic interventions, and delves into the symbolic representation of eternal life and its connection to water. Interlaced throughout is a meditation on the nature of belief, showing how every story we tell about immortality is a story about the meaning of death.--From publisher description.
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