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Cosmic Queries

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Cosmic Queries

From the Book


To all those who are both curious and restless, in search of our place in the universe


In the gulf between the depths of human curiosity and the limits of human ignorance resides a series of questions, some of which we all have asked and all of which some of us have asked. Not all have answers. For those that do, our answers may be incomplete or inadequate. For the remaining queries, we can look around on Earth and up into the heavens to declare with confidence, and a bit of pride, that at least some of the universe is knowable to the human mind. But we must also humbly recognize that as the area of our knowledge grows, so too does the perimeter of our ignorance.

Cosmic Queries will feed your curiosity with the deepest questions anybody has ever asked about our place in the universe. But these pages will also dip you into the eddies of our uncertainties and dangle you by your ankles above the gaps of our knowledge. Why? Because therein lies the true source of curiosity and wonder: the not knowing—coupled with its only antidote, the need to know, empowered by the methods and tools of science applied to the cosmic frontier.

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Publisher details


March 2021
National Geographic
312 pages


March 2021
National Geographic
144 MB


Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson & Lauren Fortgang

March 2021

Blackstone Publishing

6h 18m