The world's most celebrated science writer, the late Carl Sagan, extends the tradition of the enormously successful "Broca's Brain" in this provocative, informative, and wonderfully entertaining collection of essays. In addition, readers are given a rare glimpse of Sagan himself with "In the Valley of the Shadow", his moving, very personal account ...
The world's most celebrated science writer, the late Carl Sagan, extends the tradition of the enormously successful "Broca's Brain" in this provocative, informative, and wonderfully entertaining collection of essays. In addition, readers are given a rare glimpse of Sagan himself with "In the Valley of the Shadow", his moving, very personal account of his valiant struggle with the disease myelodysplasia.
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I was eager to read this book after, 'Demon-Haunted World' because it seemed to be the next thing anyone who reads Sagan would typically suggest. It starts off quite interesting but soon goes on and on about our neglect of the environment. This continues for several chapters and gets quite tedious at times. I do realize and understand that the environment deserves our strict attention but I really did not expect so much of this book to be devoted to it. Anyway, towards the end the book picks up again like it started. Sagan and his wife write about the issue of child abortion and finally, a chapter devoted to his struggle with a terminal illness. Overall light reading but not quite as good as, 'Demon-Haunted World'.
Aug 23, 2007
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Howdy, Wish I had read this many years ago. So good that I sent copies to my Grandchildren. Matt.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-05-12 In a book completed less than two months before his death, Sagan (The Demon-Haunted World, etc.) compels his readers to look at life. Although many of the essays here have appeared previously, they gain power through juxtaposition and new commentary. They portray humankind as a favored species on a fragile world, facing the profound impact that 20th-century technology will have on its future. Six essays on "The Power of Beauty of Quantification" celebrate science and the insights it gives us into the cosmos, our planet and our species. Seven more, exploring the question "What are Conservatives Conserving?," discuss the political and economic factors that have led to quite different international responses to two environmental threats: the "ozone hole" and global warming. These pieces culminate with a joint appeal from scientific and religious leaders committed to saving the planet. The interplay among scientific, religious and political thought continues in the closing set of six essays, "Where Hearts and Minds Collide." Here, Sagan prompts readers to look beyond their own lives and to the preservation of our species and our world. As the author's widow, Ann Druyan, writes in her epilogue, "For Carl, what mattered most was what was true, not merely what would make us feel better. Even at [the moment of death] when anyone would be forgiven from turning away from the reality of the situation, Carl was unflinching." So should we be, says this book; the life of our species on our delicately balanced planet depends on it. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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