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

Adam Leith Gollner

Raised an atheist, Adam Leith 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. From a Jesuit priest on his deathbed to anti-aging researchers at Harvard, Gollner-sorting truth from absurdity-canvasses religion and science for insight, along with an array of cults, myths, and fringe figures. He journeys to David Copperfield's archipelago in the Bahamas, where the magician claims to have found "a liquid that reverses genes." He attends a costume party set in the year 2068 with a group of radical life-extensionists, explores a cryonics facility, and soaks in the transformative mineral waters at the Esalen Institute. Looking to history, Gollner visits St. Augustine, Florida, where Ponce de Leon is thought to have sought the fountain of youth. Combining immersive reporting, rigorous research, and lyrical prose, Gollner charts the rise of longevity science from its alchemical beginnings to modern-day genetic interventions. He explores the symbolic representation of eternal life and its connection to water. Interlaced throughout is a compelling meditation on the nature of belief. An incredible thinker with "the talents of an investigative journalist, poet, travel writer, and humorist grafted onto one unusual specimen" (Mary Roach, the New York Times Book Review), Adam Leith Gollner has written a rollicking and revelatory examination of our age-old notion of living forever.

Raised an atheist, Adam Leith 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. From a Jesuit priest on his deathbed to anti-aging researchers at Harvard, Gollner-sorting truth from absurdity-canvasses religion and science for insight, along with an array of cults, myths, and fringe figures. He journeys to David Copperfield's archipelago in the Bahamas, where the magician claims to have found "a liquid that reverses genes." He attends a costume party set in the year 2068 with a group of radical life-extensionists, explores a cryonics facility, and soaks in the transformative mineral waters at the Esalen Institute. Looking to history, Gollner visits St. Augustine, Florida, where Ponce de Leon is thought to have sought the fountain of youth. Combining immersive reporting, rigorous research, and lyrical prose, Gollner charts the rise of longevity science from its alchemical beginnings to modern-day genetic interventions. He explores the symbolic representation of eternal life and its connection to water. Interlaced throughout is a compelling meditation on the nature of belief. An incredible thinker with "the talents of an investigative journalist, poet, travel writer, and humorist grafted onto one unusual specimen" (Mary Roach, the New York Times Book Review), Adam Leith Gollner has written a rollicking and revelatory examination of our age-old notion of living forever.
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History

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Raised an atheist, Adam Leith 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. From a Jesuit priest on his deathbed to anti-aging researchers at Harvard, Gollner-sorting truth from absurdity-canvasses religion and science for insight, along with an array of cults, myths, and fringe figures. He journeys to David Copperfield's archipelago in the Bahamas, where the magician claims to have found "a liquid that reverses genes." He attends a costume party set in the year 2068 with a group of radical life-extensionists, explores a cryonics facility, and soaks in the transformative mineral waters at the Esalen Institute. Looking to history, Gollner visits St. Augustine, Florida, where Ponce de Leon is thought to have sought the fountain of youth. Combining immersive reporting, rigorous research, and lyrical prose, Gollner charts the rise of longevity science from its alchemical beginnings to modern-day genetic interventions. He explores the symbolic representation of eternal life and its connection to water. Interlaced throughout is a compelling meditation on the nature of belief. An incredible thinker with "the talents of an investigative journalist, poet, travel writer, and humorist grafted onto one unusual specimen" (Mary Roach, the New York Times Book Review), Adam Leith Gollner has written a rollicking and revelatory examination of our age-old notion of living forever.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adam Verner

Length:

15h 59m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:01:20


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

23:01


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

39:25


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

27:12


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

13:09


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

47:28


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

42:38


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

30:16


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

15:20


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

29:28


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

57:39


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

38:00


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

32:03


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

16:37


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

34:40


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

29:05


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

30:21


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

28:07


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

28:14


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

58:28


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

25:59


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

45:42


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

43:27


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

50:03


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

34:57


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

01:04:43


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

11:38


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

00:44