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

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Ballantine Pub., 1998 - Science - 296 pages
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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Okay, so I have a soft spot for Carl Sagan. His books, most notably Cosmos, The Demon-Haunted World, and Pale Blue Dot, ignited my interest in science and reason. He wrote with clarity and eloquence ... Read full review

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This was an interesting read. However, Sagan gets a bit monotonous in this one. Two thirds of the book discusses global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer. Although he explains these ... Read full review


Billions and Billions
Where Does Prudence Lie?
A Piece of the Sky Is Missing
The Warming of the World
Escape from Ambush
An Alliance
Is it Possible to Be Both ProLife
The Rules of the Game
Gettysburg and Now cowritten with Ann Druyan
The Twentieth Century
In the Valley of the Shadow
Epilogue by Ann Druyan

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Carl Sagan served as 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, Voyager, and Galileo spacecraft expeditions, for which he received the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and (twice) for Distinguished Public Service.

His Emmy- and Peabody-winning television series, Cosmos, became the most widely watched series in the history of American public television. The accompanying book, also called Cosmos, is one of the bestselling science books ever published in the English language. Dr. Sagan received the Pulitzer Prize, the Oersted Medal, and many other awards--including twenty honorary degrees from American colleges and universities--for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment. In their posthumous award to Dr. Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his "research transformed planetary science . . . his gifts to mankind were infinite." Dr. Sagan died on December 20, 1996.

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