The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever

The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever


What have we no longer performed to dwell perpetually? The seriously acclaimed writer of The Fruit Hunters—now an award-winning documentary film—weaves jointly faith, technology, and mythology in a gripping exploration of the main common of human obsessions: immortality.

What have we no longer performed to dwell perpetually? Adam Leith Gollner, the seriously acclaimed writer of The Fruit Hunters, weaves jointly faith, technological know-how, and mythology in a gripping exploration of the main common of human obsessions: immortality.

Raised with out faith, Adam Leith Gollner was once struck through mankind’s tireless efforts to cheat getting older and dying. In a story that pivots among profundity and hilarity, he brings us into the realm of these whose lives are formed by way of a trust in immortality. From a Jesuit priest on his deathbed to antiaging researchers at Harvard, Gollner— sorting fact from absurdity—canvasses faith and technology for perception, besides an array of cults, myths, and fringe figures.

He trips to David Copperfield’s archipelago within the Bahamas, the place the magician claims to have came across “a liquid that reverses genes.” He explores a cryonics facility, attends a fancy dress celebration set within the yr 2068 with a bunch of radical life-extensionists, and soaks within the transformative mineral waters on the Esalen Institute. seeking to historical past, Gollner visits St. Augustine, Florida, the place Ponce de León is believed to have sought the Fountain of Youth.

Combining immersive reporting, rigorous examine, and lyrical prose, Gollner charts the increase of sturdiness technology from its alchemical beginnings to modern day genetic interventions. He delves into the symbolic illustration of everlasting lifestyles and its connection to water. Interlaced all through is a compelling meditation at the nature of trust, displaying how each tale we inform approximately immortality is a narrative concerning the that means of death.

“Part journalist, half detective, half scientist.” (New York Post). Adam Leith Gollner has written a rollicking and revelatory exam of our age-old thought of dwelling ceaselessly.

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