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    DescriptionOn the 10th anniversary of his death, brilliant astrophysisist and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sagan's prescient exploration of the relationship between religion and science and his personal search for God. Carl Sagan is considered one of the greatest scientific minds of our time. His remarkable ability to explain science in terms easily understandable to the layman in bestselling books such as Cosmos, The Dragons of Eden, and The Demon-Haunted World won him a Pulitzer Prize and placed him firmly next to Isaac Asimov, Stephen Jay Gould, and Oliver Sachs as one of the most important and enduring communicators of science. In December 2006 it will be the tenth anniversary of Sagan's death, and Ann Druyan, his widow and longtime collaborator, will mark the occasion by releasing Sagan's famous "Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology," The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God. The chance to give the Gifford Lectures is an honor reserved for the most distinguished scientists and philosophers of our civilization. In 1985, on the grand occasion of the centennial of the lectureship, Carl Sagan was invited to give them. He took the opportunity to set down in detail his thoughts on the relationship between religion and science as well as to describe his own personal search to understand the nature of the sacred in the vastness of the cosmos. The Varieties of Scientific Experience, edited, updated and with an introduction by Ann Druyan, is a bit like eavesdropping on a delightfully intimate conversation with the late great astronomer and astrophysicist. In his charmingly down-to-earth voice, Sagan easily discusses his views on topics ranging from manic depression and the possibly chemical nature of transcendance to creationism and so-called intelligent design to the likelihood of intelligent life on other planets to the likelihood of nuclear annihilation of our own to a new concept of science as "informed worship." Exhibiting a breadth of intellect nothing short of astounding, he illuminates his explanations with examples from cosmology, physics, philosophy, literature, psychology, cultural anthropology, mythology, theology, and more. Sagan's humorous, wise, and at times stunningly prophetic observations on some of the greatest mysteries of the cosmos have the invigorating effect of stimulating the intellect, exciting the imagination, and reawakening us to the grandeur of life in the cosmos.


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    Title
    The Varieties of Scientific Experience
    Subtitle
    A Personal View of the Search for God
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Carl Sagan, Edited by Ann Druyan
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 284
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594201073
    ISBN 10: 1594201072
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX, PGK, PDA
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    DC21: 215
    BIC subject category V2: HRAM3
    BISAC V2.8: SCI015000, REL106000
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    The Penguin Press
    Publication date
    11 December 2006