Carl Sagan's Universe

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CUP Archive, Aug 13, 1997 - Science - 282 pages
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Carl Sagan's many contributions to science and society have been profound and far-reaching, influencing millions of people around the world. He carried out significant research in planetary science, was closely associated with the US space program, created the highly acclaimed television series Cosmos, and was the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of many best-selling popular science books. Carl Sagan's Universe is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated collection of articles by a distinguished team of authors, and covers the many fields of science, education, policy making, and related areas in which Sagan worked. The book is divided into four sections, the first two of which provide an absorbing overview of the US space program (as well as a complementary account of the Russian program), and of the history and current status of the search for extraterrestrial life. The final two sections deal with the importance of science education in the successful development of a technological society, and of the shaping of science policy in tackling the problems facing us today. Also included is a separate chapter by Sagan himself, discussing the place and role of our planet and mankind in the universe. Written in honour of Carl Sagan's many achievements, this book will fascinate and reward anyone interested in planetary science and exploration, the search for extraterrestrial life, or the role of science in the modern world.
 

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Contents

WESLEY T HUNTRESS JR
3
Highlights of the Russian Planetary Program
28
The Search
35
Environments of Earth and Other Worlds
51
The Origin of Life in a Cosmic Context
64
Living in a Risky
75
The Significance
87
lO Do the Laws of Physics Permit Wormholes
121
Science Education in a Democracy
179
S NuclearFree World?
228
8O Carl Sagan and Nuclear Winter
239
Public Understanding of Global Climate Change
247
2S Science and Religion
254
Speech in Honor of Carl Sagan
261
Carl Sagan at Sixty
273
Copyright

INTERLUDE
135

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