The Book of Immortality

The Book of Immortality

The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
ISBN: 9781439109434
Branch Call Number: 129 GOLLNER
Characteristics: x, 402 pages ; 24 cm


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