The book of immortality : the science, belief, and magic behind living forever /

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Author / Creator:Gollner, Adam, 1976-
Edition:First Scribner hardcover edition.
Imprint:New York : Scribner, 2013.
Description:x, 402 pages ; 24 cm
Subject:Immortality (Philosophy)
Future life.
Future life.
Immortality (Philosophy)
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:9781439109427 (hbk. : alk. paper)
1439109427 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9781439109434 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1439109435 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781439127889 (ebook : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 382-388) and index.
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.