Andrew Rader 

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From brilliant polymath Andrew Rader—an MIT-credentialed scientist, podcast host, and SpaceX mission manager—an illuminating chronicle of exploration that spotlights humans’ insatiable desire to push into uncharted territory, from civilization’s earliest days to plans for interstellar travel.

"Scintillating, coruscating, Beyond the Known shows just how powerful the human urge to travel, to explore, to move always has been and always will be. It is a light on the past—and for the future."


—Anthony Pagden, Distinguished UCLA Professor of History and author of The Burdens of Empire: 1539 to the Present



“In Beyond the Known Andrew Rader achieves something almost as ambitious as the pioneers he writes about: he retraces the 10,000-year history of exploration, from the Stone Age to the Space Age, in a single book-sized expedition. As the centuries flew by, I learned something new on every page."


—Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! champion and New York Times bestselling author of Maphead



“Andrew Rader’s Beyond the Known is a smashing narrative about the history, the promise, and the innately human drive to explore, from antiquity to today to the coming Star Trek era. I could not put it down!"


—Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons Mission, and author of Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto