Ilia Stambler’s book, “A History of Life-extensionism in the Twentieth Century” – is now freely available from his site, in html and pdf formats for a limited time only.
The paper book also has been reduced in price to make it more available for placing at university and community libraries, from Amazon.
Illia writes, “I hope this book will provide a valuable resource on life-extension science. It surveys the development of the field in the course of over a century in major national contexts – France (Chapter 1), Germany, Austria, Romania and Switzerland (Chapter 2), Russia and Ukraine (Chapter 3), the US and UK (Chapter 4). It includes almost 1300 bibliographic notes, each including several up to dozens annotated references (often hyper-linked), in several languages – mainly English, French, Russian and German. The title refers to the 20th century, but in fact, the book includes extensive information and references on very recent developments, up to the end of 2014, as well as information on early modern, medieval and ancient developments. The main text refers to over 700 authors and actors, and over 2,000 leading authors are cited in the References and Notes section.”
A History of Life-extensionism in the Twentieth Century provides a broad history of the scientific and technological ideas in the field of life extension, and importantly also considers the social and ideological implications of this pursuit. So it is a both sort of an encyclopedia of life extension and also a history of life extension science. The book will be of interest and utility to people in the field, this book will be used as a text book in academic courses on life extension, but it is quite accessible and will hopefully provide motivation to a new generation of scientists to enter and pursue the field of longevity science.
The book was highly reviewed by distinguished researchers of aging and longevity, and of society, science and emerging technologies. (Some comments can be found on the book cover and among the reviews on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/History-Life-Extensionism-Twentieth-Century/dp/1500818577/ )
One of the central arguments of this book is that not only is life extension science a legitimate and honorable scientific pursuit, but in fact it has been indispensable and instrumental for the development of so called “conventional” medicine through the emergence of very tangible everyday therapies that we use now. And it holds similar, or greater, promise for the future.
Illia’s book will contribute to public education about longevity science as well as promoting the legitimization of the field more broadly. Education is vital in order for longevity science to be taken seriously as a legitimate scientific endeavor and will not be given the needed level of financial support without it. This book represents an important milestone in that regard an
The free and reduced price distribution of this book is a part of the campaign to raise awareness about the importance of aging and longevity research for the development of healthcare toward October 1 – the UN International Day of Older Persons (also referred to by some as the International Longevity Day).
Additional actions, events and promotions may be submitted: http://www.longevityforall.org/international-longevity-day-october-1-2015/