Jacob Berkowitz is a best-selling author and the winner of the 2009 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award.
""Our ancestors are stars in this 'extreme genealogy, ' which follows the history of discoveries that blossomed into a new field. . . . Berkowitz gracefully chronicles the work and passion of physicists, chemists, and other 'stardust scientists' who probe the universe for signs of life." -Scientific American "An engaging, lively discussion of the astronomy and biology underpinning the new sciences of astrochemistry and astrobiology.... A pleasurable read.... Highly recommended." -Choice "[An] intriguing look at . . . 'stardust science, ' a surprising blend of astronomy and evolutionary biology. . . . With an engaging tone and accessible science, Berkowitz shows how the current search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars could also reveal [other life-forms] born of the same dust that made us." -Publishers Weekly "With a delightfully readable style, Berkowitz illuminates the greatest scientific story of our time: the search for humanity's origin and place in the cosmos." -Steven J. Dick, former NASA chief historian and author of Life on Other Worlds "In [t]his lively and meticulous book, Berkowitz tells the incredible story of how we're discovering our true cosmic origins--reflected in every atom, molecule, and grain of matter in the universe. Read it and you'll never look at the night sky, or yourself, the same way again." -Dr. Caleb Scharf, director of astrobiology at Columbia University and author of Gravity's Engines