Pale Blue Dot



Pale Blue Dot Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Carl Sagan Traces Our Exploration Of Space And Suggests That Our Very Survival May Depend On The Wise Use Of Other Worlds This Stirring Book Reveals How Scientific Discovery Has Altered Our Perception Of Who We Are And Where We Stand, And Challenges Us To Weigh What We Will Do With That Knowledge Photos, Many In Color.

In 1934, scientist Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y After earning bachelor and master s degrees at Cornell, Sagan earned a double doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1960 He became professor of astronomy and space science and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University, and co founder of the Planetary Society A great popularizer of science, Sagan produced th In 1934, scientist Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y After earning bachelor and master s degrees at Cornell, Sagan earned a double doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1960 He became professor of astronomy and space science and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University, and co founder of the Planetary Society A great popularizer of science, Sagan produced the PBS series, Cosmos, which was Emmy and Peabody award winning, and was watched by 500 million people in 60 countries A book of the same title came out in 1980, and was on The New York Times bestseller list for 7 weeks Sagan was author, co author or editor of 20 books, including The Dragons of Eden 1977 , which won a Pulitzer, Pale Blue Dot 1995 and The Demon Haunted World Science As a Candle in the Dark 1996 , his hardest hitting on religion With his wife, Ann Druyan, he was co producer of the popular motion picture, Contact, which featured a feminist, atheist protagonist played by Jodie Foster 1997 The film came out after Sagan s death, following a 2 year struggle with a bone marrow disease Sagan played a leading role in NASA s Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo expeditions to other planets Ann Druyan, in the epilogue to Sagan s last book, Billions and Billions Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium published posthumously in 1997 , gives a moving account of Carl s last days Contrary to the fantasies of the fundamentalists, there was no deathbed conversion, no last minute refuge taken in a comforting vision of a heaven or an afterlife For Carl, what mattered most was what was true, not merely what would make us feel better Even at this moment when anyone would be forgiven for turning away from the reality of our situation, Carl was unflinching As we looked deeply into each other s eyes, it was with a shared conviction that our wondrous life together was ending forever For his work, Dr Sagan received the NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and twice for Distinguished Public Service, as well as the NASA Apollo Achievement Award Asteroid 2709 Sagan is named after him He was also awarded the John F Kennedy Astronautics Award of the American Astronautical Society, the Explorers Club 75th Anniversary Award, the Konstantin Tsiolkovsky Medal of the Soviet Cosmonauts Federation, and the Masursky Award of the American Astronomical Society, for his extraordinary contributions to the development of planetary science As a scientist trained in both astronomy and biology, Dr Sagan has made seminal contributions to the study of planetary atmospheres, planetary surfaces, the history of the Earth, and exobiology Many of the most productive planetary scientists working today are his present and former students and associates.He was also a recipient of the Public Welfare Medal, the highest award of the National Academy of Sciences.Dr Sagan was elected Chairman of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, President of the Planetology Section of the American Geophysical Union, and Chairman of the Astronomy Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science For twelve years he was the editor in chief of Icarus, the leading professional journal devoted to planetary research He was cofounder and President of the Planetary Society, a 100,000 member organization that is the largest space interest group in the world and Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.In their posthumous award to Dr Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his research transformed planetary science his gifts to mankind were infinite D 1996.More

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Pale Blue Dot
  • Carl Sagan
  • English
  • 10 September 2018
  • 0345376595

10 thoughts on “Pale Blue Dot

  1. Stian says:

    For the majority of my life, reading was never an interest At all I spent most of my childhood watching movies and playing video games and football Reading was boring, time consuming in a boring way and pointless But then, when I was around sixteen or so, something happened that changed my life drastically I discovered Carl Sagan I still remember buying Cosmos, unpacking it, starting it, and turning the volume up to the max I watched all the episodes in a day I couldn t stop And then For the majority of my life, reading was never an interest At all I spent most of my childhood watching movies and playing video games and football Reading was boring, time consuming in a boring way and pointless But then, when I was around sixteen or so, something happened that changed my life drastically I discovered Carl Sagan I still remember buying Cosmos, unpacking it, starting it, and turning the volume up to the max I watched all the epis...

  2. Huda Yahya says:

    19901 That s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. 1997 3

  3. Ben says:

    I recently came across several references to this book while reading the superb God Delusion I was intrigued, and since it had been quite a while since I read Cosmos, I decided to give Carl Sagan another go.Besides his beautiful evocative descriptions of moons and worlds in...

  4. Roy Lotz says:

    Once, in German class, I recommended Carl Sagan s magnificent Cosmos television series to a classmate Wow, she said That s the first time somebody suggested Carl Sagan to me who wasn t a pothead I wasn t sure if that was an insult or a compliment I said thanks anyway.Although I m sure Carl Sagan can be enjoyed in a variety of altered states, he can be enjoyable for those of us here on earth too In fact, the message of this book can if one can stomach the clich justly be described a Once, in German class, I recommended Carl Sagan s magnificent Cosmos television series to a classmate Wow, she said That s the first time somebody suggested Carl Sagan to me who wasn t a pothead I wasn t sure if that was an insult or a compliment I said thanks anyway.Although I m sure Carl Sagan can be enjoyed in a variety of altered states, he can be enjoyable for those of us here on earth too In fact, the message of this book can if one can stomach the clich justly be described as sobering It is, at the very least, serious.There are several components to Sagan s message, though they are all intertwined The first is simply to bring home how huge, how tremendously large, how stunningly vast, is the universe The cosmos is bigger and...

  5. Mackey St says:

    There was a time when I simply could NOT get enough of Carl Sagan I read everything he wrote, watched every documentary that he made I adore him still Pale Blue Dot is NOT like Cosmos, the book with which most people are familiar Cosmos dealt with astronomy and gave you a basic understanding of the entire cosmos in a way that you would understand It s one of the reasons it is so popular In Pale Blue Dot, Sagan is speaking to those who love the Earth, love its relationship to the Cosmos, There was a time when I simply could NOT get enough of Carl Sagan I read everything he wrote, watched every documentary that he made I adore him still Pale Blue Dot is NOT like Cosmos, the book with which most people are familiar Cosmos dealt with astronomy and gave you a basic understanding of the entire cosmos in a way that you would understand It s one of the reasons it is so popular In Pale Blue Dot, Sagan is speaking to those who love the Earth, lov...

  6. Chris Friend says:

    I was impressed by how much I enjoyed this one I ve not read any Sagan before, so I didn t know what to expect, but he s one of those brilliant scientists who understands how to clearly explain things to laypeople His story I use the term though it readslike a collection of journal entries or brief reports covers wide ranging topics about the implications and necessity of space travel, posing questions frequently, answering them occasionally, and leading inexorably to a single conclusi I was impressed by how much I enjoyed this one I ve not read any Sagan before, so I didn t know what to expect, but he s one of those brilliant scientists who understands how to clearly explain things to laypeople His story I use the term though it readslike a collection of journal entries or brief reports covers wide ranging topics about the implications and necessity of space travel, posing questions frequently, answering them occasionally, and leading i...

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  8. Joshua says:

    WOW.WOW.WOW Carl Sagan, what a champ Fiction from scientists astrologists may be a bummer see Contact , but Carl drops the BOMB in this work Truly ahead of his time and a great american A great intro into science astrology and really helped me understand a lot about all the planets and their make up Once we kill earth pretty soon , perhaps we aren t TOTALLY fucked, their are other options out there if we get with itbut hey, we killed earth so why listen to Sagan I drive an SUV, WOW.WOW.WOW Carl Sagan, what a champ Fiction from scientists astrologists may be a bummer see Contact , but Carl drops the BOMB in this work Truly ahead of his time and a great american A great intro into science astrology and really helped me understand a lot about all the planets and their make up Once we kill earth pretty soon , perhaps we aren t TOTALLY fucked, their are other options out there if we...

  9. Jamie says:

    Take Carl s revered Pale Blue Dot speech, and multiply it by, say, the power of ten That s Pale Blue Dot And the fact that it s only by the power of ten well, that s how great that speech is.

  10. Kurt says:

    Pale Blue Dot refers to the Earth as photographed from the Voyager craft at a point beyond the orbit of Neptune Of course at that distance, the Earth is barely discernible a very small, unremarkable, pale blue dot among a myriad of billions of other unremarkable points of light Yet all our history, civilization, and culture that we have ever known has occurred on that dot.Even though our...

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