A Beginner's Guide to Immortality

A Beginner's Guide to Immortality

From Alchemy to Avatars

Book - 2015
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Is it possible to live forever? People have been trying to figure out a way to escape mortality since, well, forever. This book takes readers on a fast-paced tour of several wacky and wise methods humans have used to try prolonging their lives, from ancient immortality elixirs and quests for a fountain of youth to modern-day research into cryogenics and robotics.

Touching on folklore from around the world, famed literary immortals and studies of animals that seem unaffected by aging, the book delves into topics as diverse as genetics, religious rituals surrounding the afterlife and research into basic lifestyle choices, like eating blueberries or getting a pet, that could help you live longer. Each page is a playful mix of fascinating facts that open up cross-curricular topics in history, science and social studies to explore.

Illustrations of historical figures, imaginary places and scientific specimens add a touch of whimsy and bring out the beauty, sincerity, and playful side of human curiosity.

Informational text features: table of contents, introduction, chapters, sidebars, fact boxes, headers and labels, map, index and sources
Publisher: Toronto : Owlkids Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9781771470452
Branch Call Number: J 236.22 BIRMINGHAM
Characteristics: 48 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Holinaty, Josh - Illustrator


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Jan 24, 2016

This is a really excellent piece of kids' nonfiction tackling a tricky topic very adeptly. The information is framed as a series of options for achieving immortality, which is actually a very smart way to organize this. It tackles everything from the philosopher's stone to the fountain of youth to real-life communities of extraordinarily long-lived people. The information itself is really interesting -- I kept reading little tidbits aloud to my roommate -- and the illustrations and overall design are incredibly appealing. Recommended for kids and adults alike.


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