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    DescriptionAstronomer, planetary scientist, astrophysicist, exobiologist, educator, public figure, skeptic--all these hats represent important parts of Carl Sagan's complex, multifaceted career. Perhaps best known as the host of the popular television series Cosmos, Sagan offered to the world his extraordinary gift for cross-disciplinary research, his deep well of integrated visions and fruitful ideas, his vivid imagination, and his wealth of nonstop enthusiasm. This concise, lively biography examines Carl Sagan's steady growth as a man, as a scientist, and as a communicator--a man who had both odd quirks and great charisma, who had an immensely eclectic knowledge base and a unique understanding of the central place of science in the human experience, all of which dovetailed smoothly with his phenomenal ability to communicate. Separate chapters are devoted to Sagan's interest in the origin of life, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), and his work on Cosmos, where he collaborated with Ann Druyan, whom he eventually married and who remained his wife to the end of his life. There are also sections on Sagan's public advocacy for science and critical stance toward pseudoscience and his role as an activist for the environment and the safe use of atomic power. This updated, paperback edition of Carl Sagan: A Biography contains many new photos as well as textual additions by Ann Druyan. Veteran science writers Spangenburg and Moser have captured much of the enthusiasm, gift for effective communication, and unflinching honesty that characterized Carl Sagan's life and career.

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    Carl Sagan
    A Biography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ray Spangenburg, By (author) Kit Moser
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 182
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    ISBN 13: 9781591026587
    ISBN 10: 159102658X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.6
    B&T General Subject: 170
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: PG
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: BGT
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000, SCI004000
    DC22: 520.92
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: QB36.S15 S63 2009
    Thema V1.0: PG, DNBT
    Illustrations note
    b/w photos
    Prometheus Books
    Imprint name
    Prometheus Books
    Publication date
    01 February 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser (Carmichael, CA) are freelance journalists who have coauthored more than fifty books on science, history, and critical thinking.
    Review quote
    "Carl Sagan: A Biography comes closer to the Carl I knew than other previous attempts at biography. Authors Moser and Spangenburg capture the drama, passion, and integrity of Carl's lifelong quest to know the cosmos. May this work kindle that fire in others." --Ann Druyan, wife of the late Carl Sagan and collaborator on many projects