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

Front Cover
Random House Publishing Group, Jul 6, 2011 - Science - 320 pages
155 Reviews
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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
82
4 stars
46
3 stars
22
2 stars
4
1 star
1

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

User Review  - Matt Chic - Goodreads

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

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

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

Contents

The Persian Chessboard
13
MondayNight Hunters
27
The Gaze of God and the Dripping Faucet
38
Four Cosmic Questions
55
So Many Suns So Many Worlds
64
PART ll
73
Croesus and Cassandra
92
A Piece of the Sky Is Missing
99
The Common Enemy 179
178
Is it Possible to Be Both ProLife and ProChoice? cowritten with Ann Druyan
196
The Rules of the Game
216
Gettysburg and Now cowritten with Ann Druyan
231
The Twentieth Century
245
In the Valley of the Shadow
257
Epilogue by Ann Druyan
268
Acknowledgments
277

The Warnung of the World
117
Escape from Ambush
140
An Alliance
163
WHERE HEARTS AND MINDS COLLIDE
177

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Carl Sagan was the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking and Voyager missions to the planets and briefed the Apollo astronauts before their flights to the Moon. He helped solve many mysteries in planetary science from the high temperature of Venus to the seasonal changes on Mars. For his unique contributions, he was awarded the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievment and for Distinguished Public Service (twice), as well as the Tsiolkovsky Medal of the Soviet Cosmonautics Federation, the John F. Kennedy Award of the American Astronautical Society and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Space Education.

Bibliographic information