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 Posted: Wed Sep 2nd, 2020 01:10 am
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I posted this on my FB page a couple of days ago. My oldest sister, the Astrophysics prof at MIT wrote a Memoir. I had no idea about it until my mother called me last week in a panic because my middle sister had gotten an advance copy, and I guess she shit all of my mother and ex stepfather and had a bunch of digs at myself and my sisters...albeit I guess the focus was more on how shitty the adults were in the early portions of the book.  I read a couple pages that were previewed and figured it wasn't going to be good. 

Talking to my middle sister today, I guess what was actually written was only @ 10% of the shit she wanted to bash the parents with, but was told by the publisher after consulting with attorney that she needed to cut most of it out for fear of lawsuits (which hasn't stopped my mother from looking into one already anyways) 

Eventually I'll probably get around to reading the whole thing, although I don't have much interest in the core of the book which is her field of study. I'll put the link here though if anyone is actually interested in astrophysics, mixed in with drama, mixed in with asperbergers slants etc...

It was funny reading some of the reviews though, cause there was one that I'm positive was my ex stepfather under an alias shitting on the book for directing so much blame on him. 

https://www.amazon.com/Smallest-Lights-Universe-Memoir-ebook/dp/B07N5HR46S

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Other than immediate family and 3 astrophysicists, who would ever read this? And I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of a scholarly book also being part salacious family autobiography.



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srossi wrote: Other than immediate family and 3 astrophysicists, who would ever read this? And I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of a scholarly book also being part salacious family autobiography.

No idea, maybe the nerds who like Neil deGrasse Tyson were the publisher's target? 

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Principal_Raditch wrote: srossi wrote: Other than immediate family and 3 astrophysicists, who would ever read this? And I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of a scholarly book also being part salacious family autobiography.

No idea, maybe the nerds who like Neil deGrasse Tyson were the publisher's target? 

Sheldon Cooper might be interested in a copy. He was only a theoretical physicist but you know, tomato, tomato.



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Was it self-published? A guy I work with wrote an excremental vampire story and paid nearly $20K to have it published. From what I could gather, the whole thing was a complete racket.



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KGB wrote: Was it self-published? A guy I work with wrote an excremental vampire story and paid nearly $20K to have it published. From what I could gather, the whole thing was a complete racket.

No, Random House is the publisher Looks like it got a NY Times reviews .
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/18/books/review/smallest-lights-in-universe-sara-seager.html

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KGB wrote: Was it self-published? A guy I work with wrote an excremental vampire story and paid nearly $20K to have it published. From what I could gather, the whole thing was a complete racket.Nah his sister is the real deal with astrophysics.

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I'll probably buy a copy. Like her, I'm a Canadian who went to MIT and I have an oldschool wrestling hobby that I share with her brother. She seems to be that A-Type, super-high achieving, decent-looking female that is never satisfied. That type of female has been a huge part of my life. I suffered a lot because of that type, having worked under them, with them and even dated them. I think I'll "enjoy" the book. Too bad most of the family drama was left on the cutting room floor.

Not sure when I'll get around to reading it, though...

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From wiki...

Seager developed a parallel version of the Drake equation to estimate the number of habitable planets in the galaxy.[30] Instead of aliens with radio technology, Seager has revised the Drake equation to focus on simply the presence of any alien life detectable from Earth. The equation focuses on the search for planets with biosignature gases, gases produced by life that can accumulate in a planet atmosphere to levels that can be detected with remote space telescopes.[30]

N = N*FQFHZFoFLFS

where: N = the number of planets with detectable signs of life

N* = the number of stars observed

FQ = the fraction of stars that are quiet

FHZ = the fraction of stars with rocky planets in the habitable zone

Fo = the fraction of stars with observable planets

FL = the fraction of planets that have life

FS = the fraction of life forms that produce planetary atmospheres with one or more detectable signature gases
Looks interesting.  I'd skip over the family bits though, misery memoirs do nothing for me.  I do like a good popsci though.  Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe was so intellectually stimulating that I'd have to go for a walk after a chapter just to digest it.

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