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Is the Universe a Hologram?Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions$
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Adolfo Plasencia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036016

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.001.0001

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For Exoplanets, Anything Is Possible

For Exoplanets, Anything Is Possible

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Is the Universe a Hologram?
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Sara Seager

Adolfo Plasencia

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.003.0003

Sara Seager, the pioneering astrophysicist, mathematician and planetary scientist reflects in this dialogue about how exoplanets, the purpose of her science, discovered her before she discovered them. She also explains her relationship with mathematics and why for her physics is the most beautiful way to describe the universe, as well as explaining the growing scientific interest to discover planets that orbit a star different to our sun. Later, Sara explains that all astrophysics projects she works on are very long term and is consequently concerned about whether there will be enough young people in this world of immediacy with sufficient patience to become astronomers. She also goes on to explain why life capable of travelling across galaxies will be non biological, as well as discussing how, and with what help, she is facing the greatest challenge of her life: trying to find another Earth, in other words, another planet like Earth with signs of life.

Keywords:   Exoplanets, Science of exoplanets, Nonbiological intelligence, Multiple universes, Inflation, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), Nonbiological life, Alien life, Small rocky planets, Big Bang

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