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Probable Impossibilities

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Probable Impossibilities

Life in our universe is a flash in the pan, a few moments in the vast unfolding of time and space in the cosmos…A realization of the scarcity of life makes me feel some ineffable connection to other living things.

– Alan Lightman –

Probable Impossibilities

“In Probable Impossibilities: Musings on Beginnings and Endings, the poetic physicist Alan Lightman sieves four centuries of scientific breakthroughs, from Kepler’s revolutionary laws of planetary motion to the thousands of habitable exoplanets discovered by NASAs Kepler mission, to estimate that even with habitable planets orbiting one tenth of all stars, the faction of living matter in the universe is about one-billionth of one-billionth: If all the matter in the universe were the Gobi desert, life would be but a single grain of sand.” Maria Popova shares more. { read more }

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