The Smallest Lights in the Universe

The Smallest Lights in the Universe

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"In this luminous memoir, an MIT astrophysicist must reinvent herself in the wake of tragedy and discovers the power of connection on this planet, even as she searches our galaxy for another Earth. Sara Seager has always been in love with the stars: so many lights in the sky, so much possibility. Now a pioneering planetary scientist, she searches for exoplanets--especially that distant, elusive world that sustains life. But with the unexpected death of Seager's husband, the purpose of her own life becomes hard for her to see. Suddenly, at forty, she is a widow and the single mother of two young boys. For the first time, she feels alone in the universe. As she struggles to navigate her life after loss, Seager takes solace in the alien beauty of exoplanets and the technical challenges of exploration. At the same time, she discovers earthbound connections that feel every bit as wondrous, when strangers and loved ones alike reach out to her across the space of her grief. Among them are the Widows of Concord, a group of women offering advice on everything from home maintenance to dating, and her beloved sons, Max and Alex. Most unexpected of all, there is another kind of one-in-a-billion match, not in the stars but here at home. Probing and invigoratingly honest, The Smallest Lights in the Universe is its own kind of light in the dark"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780525576259
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 22 cm


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ontherideau Apr 26, 2021

Most of the science of astrophysics is light years over my head but I love knowing there are people like this author who are inspired to write about it in a way we can connect to and dong the work to expand our knowledge of the vast universe.
A line that will stay with me "The line between lunacy and scientific fact is forever shifting."

Mar 26, 2021

This is a wonderfully-written autobiographical memoir by the famous MIT astrophysicist Sara Seager. She manages to interweave stories of her career searching for exoplanets and life in the universe with stories of her parallel search for happiness and fulfillment in her own life, accomplished in a skillful manner rarely seen from a first time author. Brilliant. A particularly good read for any young woman planning a career in science. Among her many awards, Seager recently received the Order of Canada.

Dec 10, 2020

I recommend this book by Sara Seager who is an MIT astrophysicist about her search for Earth-like exoplanets sustaining life and about connection on Earth. She has a compelling voice in her writing. I found her writing to be poetic, the book to be a compelling read, and she has lived an interesting life. I also enjoyed her humour. The first quote, I liked from the book is, "Stars are light. Stars are possibility." Her story reminds us to focus on what is important and not on what does not matter.


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