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"Must I die?" asked Gilgamesh. Forty five centuries later, we're still asking the same question. Science writer Paul Bracken embarks on a lighthearted assessment of the human condition, to explore what it means to be mortal, and what our fate may be. This scientific reimagining of the ancient Gilgamesh quest delves into a multitude of topics including the origin of life, t ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published October 8th 2013
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Paul Boudreau
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This is a good book with one major challenge - the title. Yes, the Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the earliest recorded stories to introduce the concept of immortality - but its link to the excellent discussion in this book on Western Man's exploration of mortality is incidental. It is hard for me to see this title bringing the book to the proper notice of its main audience.

Getting beyond this, it is a very good book dealing with complicated issues in an approachable manner. I enjoyed it as an easy
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Back in the eighties, astronomer Carl Sagan established a space advocacy group called The Planetary Society, based in Pasadena, California. Author Paul Bracken was the society's representative in Ireland, and he became known as a leading planetary science educator and evangelist. In 1993, Bracken was recognized by The Planetary Society's founders, for his "extraordinary initiative and effort in su ...more