Carl Sagan's Cosmic Connection

Carl Sagan's Cosmic Connection : An Extraterrestrial Perspective

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In 1973, Carl Sagan published The Cosmic Connection, a daring view of the universe, which rapidly became a classic work of popular science and inspired a generation of scientists and enthusiasts. This seminal work is reproduced here for a whole new generation to enjoy. In Sagan's typically lucid, lyrical style, he discusses many topics from astrophysics and solar system science, to colonization of other worlds, terraforming and the search for extraterrestrials. Sagan conveys his own excitement and wonder, and relates the revelations of astronomy to the most profound human problems and concerns: issues that are just as valid today as they were 30 years ago. New to this edition are Freeman Dyson's comments on Sagan's vision and the importance of the work, Ann Druyan's assessment of Sagan's cultural significance as a champion of science, and David Morrison's discussion of the advances made since 1973 and what became of Sagan's predictions.

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 22mm | 639.99g
  • CambridgeUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 50 b/w illus.
  • 0521783038
  • 9780521783033
  • 326,130

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'This book ... is a monument to a great man who succeeded, in spite of failures and disappointments, in changing our view of our planet and changing the way we think about the universe.' Freeman Dyson, author of Origins of Life 'The astronomical discoveries we are in the midst of making are of the broadest human significance. If this book plays a small role in broadening public consideration of these exploratory ventures, it will have served its purpose.' Carl Sagan ' ... engaging and even rhapsodic.' Philip Morrison, Scientific American 'Carl Sagan is a scientist of quality, who is also a writer of quality. [With] great intelligence, wit, and insight [The Cosmic Connection] is a success on every level.' Washington Post 'Sagan's writing can still inspire and stimulate. It deserves to be read by a new generation of scientists, scientifically inclined citizens, and indeed by any person with an interest in our place, and our future, in the cosmos.' Ian Crawford, The Observatory 'Because [Carl Sagan] lived, the world's a better place.' Keay Davidson, Biographer 'A Milestone in Popular Science Writing.' Astronomy

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About Carl Sagan

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.

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