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The science of cosmology asks some of the most basic questions of existence. Why are we here? Where do we come from? Where are we going? StarTalk’s Neil deGrasse Tyson addresses these and other mysteries of the universe in his latest book Cosmic Queries. Guido Tonelli follows up his best-selling Seven Brief Lessons on Physics with an exploration of the origins of the universe, earth, and life in Genesis: The Story of How Everything Began, whereas The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) considers five ways the universe could end. Michio Kaku examines the incompatibilities between relativity and quantum physics and the quest to synthesize them into a grand unified theory of everything in The God Equation.

In new memoirs, two world-renowned astrophysicists share their personal quests to understand the cosmos. Hakeem Oluseyi relates his inspirational journey from dealing drugs on some of the toughest streets in the U.S. to a professorship at MIT and work at NASA in A Quantum Life. The Disordered Cosmos provides an eye-opening look at the prejudices, hostility and abuse Chanda Prescod-Weinstein overcame as a Black queer woman and calls for an institutional restructuring that permits all people to explore the mysteries of the night sky.