Conversations with Carl Sagan

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 167 pages
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Though a well-regarded physicist Carl Sagan (1934-1996) is best-known as a writer of popular nonfiction and science fiction and as the host of the PBS series Cosmos. Through his writings and spoken commentary, he worked to popularize interests in astronomy, the universe, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. From the beginning of his public career, when he co-wrote Intelligent Life in the Universe to the very end as he worked on the 1997 film adaptation of his novel Contact, these subjects absorbed him.

This interest in space was rooted in his understanding of the smallness and vulnerability of humanity measured against the immense size and power of the universe. This profound philosophical humility, mixed with personal exuberance, comes through in Conversations with Carl Sagan. In interviews and profiles, Sagan discusses with verve a wide variety of topics--the environment, nuclear disarmament, religion, politics, extraterrestrial life, astronomy, physics, robotics. Whether he is discussing his science fiction or his well-researched nonfiction works, his voice embraces reason and skepticism.

This volume shows how Sagan, a lifelong skeptic, refined his views and expressed amazement that Earth, for all his belief in extraterrestrial life, encompasses everything about which he cared.

Tom Head of Jackson, Mississippi, is a writer and poet whose work includes Women and Families (Voices from the Civil War), Possessions and Exorcisms (Fact or Fiction?), and 1966 (The Turbulent 60s).

 

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I purchased this book to help me with an EPQ qualification I'm currently doing, and it really helped! I highly recommend anyone who is even the slightest interested in space, the cosmos, colonisation, and so forth, to read!!!

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THE TYPE OF BOOK IS JUST AMAZING HOW THE COSMOS ARE BROUGHT OUT TO REAL LIFE. MHOW EVERY THING IS MADE.

Contents

A Conversation with Carl Sagan Timothy Ferris
3
A Resonance with Something Alive Henry S F Cooper Jr
19
Carl Sagan Interviewed Joseph Goodavage
36
Carl Sagans Cosmic Connection and Extraterrestrial LifeWish
51
Is the Cosmos Big Enough for Both of Them?
68
Science Friday Ira Flatow
82
Bringing Science Down to Earth Anne Kalosh
99
A Slayer of Demons Psychology Today
113
The Charlie Rose Show Charlie Rose
141
Index
163
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Tom Head of Jackson, Mississippi, is a writer and poet whose work includes Women and Families (Voices from the Civil War), Possessions and Exorcisms (Fact or Fiction?), and 1966 (The Turbulent 60s)

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