Carl Sagan: A Biography

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 131 pages
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The American astronomer Carl Sagan (1934-1996) was one of the best-known scientists of his time. A prolific writer and television personality, he was creator and host of "Cosmos," an enormously popular television series that explained the wonders and intricacies of astronomy to millions of television viewers. Gifted with the ability to communicate difficult scientific concepts to the average person, Sagan opened up the wonders of science to hundreds of thousands more through his many books and magazine articles. But in addition to his talents as a science popularizer, Sagan was a first-rate scientist. Ever persistent in exploring the possibility of life on other planets in the Universe, he was a pioneer in the field now known as astrobiology, a major thrust of NASA's current planetary explorations

This book takes a fascinating look at all aspects of the life of Carl Sagan: Sagan the working scientist, who was an inspired and creative participant in the forefront of the new and exciting era of astronomy opened up by the technological breakthroughs of the space age; Sagan the advocate for science, who could expound on the beauties and joys of science as well as point out the follies and foibles of pseudoscience; and Sagan the activist, who helped raise our awareness to the perils of the Nuclear Age that threatened all of us. Following the arc of Sagan's personal and professional life, this book examines both the man and the provocative ideas he brought to this new era, always seeking to capture the infectious enthusiasm and love of communication that infused Carl Sagan's life and work.

 

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Ah, Carl, if only you waited for a bit longer you could have witnessed the Mars exploration rovers land on your best-loved planet and your baby the Voyager officially reach interstellar space. If one ... Read full review

Contents

Science Fiction Meets Science
1
Howand WhereDid Life Begin?
17
Ascent of a Planetary Scientist
29
Come In Universe
43
Exploring the Planets
57
Making Cosmic Connections
71
A Smash Hit for Science
93
Political Advocacy and Annies Influence
103
Final Years
111
A Bright and Shining Light
119
Selected Bibliography
121
Index
125
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RAY SPANGENBURG, with Kit Moser has written many books on science and the history of science, including Niels Boher: Gentle Genius of Denmark (1995) and the On the Shoulders of Giants series (1994)

KIT MOSER, with Ray Spangenburg, has written many books on science and the history of science, including Niels Boher: Gentle Genius of Denmark (1995) and the On the Shoulders of Giants series (1994)

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