Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

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Ballantine books, 1998 - Science - 296 pages
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In the final book of his astonishing career, Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning questions of our lives, our world, and the universe around us. These luminous, entertaining essays travel both the vastness of the cosmos and the intimacy of the human mind, posing such fascinating questions as how did the universe originate and how will it end, and how can we meld science and compassion to meet the challenges of the coming century? Here, too, is a rare, private glimpse of Sagan's thoughts about love, death, and God as he struggled with fatal disease. Ever forward-looking and vibrant with the sparkle of his unquenchable curiosity, Billions & Billions is a testament to one of the great scientific minds of our day.

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Sad ending to an exceptional life. - Goodreads
Sagan is a great, clear writer. - Goodreads
Some good insights and new info. - Goodreads
Read this book, and heed it's advice. - Goodreads

Review: Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

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Carl Sagan is right about everything. Why only four stars then? I feel like the section on global warming dragged a little. The point was made clear --that we must learn from the past, mind the ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Cupples - Goodreads

Carl Sagan, for those too young to remember, was the previous generation's Neil deGrasse Tyson, a brilliant scientist who became famous for bringing science to the general population in digestible ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

A respected planetary scientist best known outside the field for his popularizations of astronomy, Carl Sagan was born in New York City on November 9, 1934. He attended the University of Chicago, where he received a B.A. in 1954, a B.S. in 1955, and a M.S. in 1956 in physics as well as a Ph.D. in 1960 in astronomy and astrophysics. He has several early scholarly achievements including the experimental demonstration of the synthesis of the energy-carrying molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in primitive-earth experiments. Another was the proposal that the greenhouse effect explained the high temperature of the surface of Venus. He was also one of the driving forces behind the mission of the U.S. satellite Viking to the surface of Mars. He was part of a team that investigated the effects of nuclear war on the earth's climate - the "nuclear winter" scenario. Sagan's role in developing the "Cosmos" series, one of the most successful series of any kind to be broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System, and his book The Dragons of Eden (1977) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978. He also wrote the novel Contact, which was made into a movie starring Jodie Foster. He died from pneumonia on December 20, 1996.

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