Billions and Billions

Billions and Billions

Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

Book - 1997
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In this book, his last, Carl Sagan shows once again his extraordinary ability to interpret the mysteries of life and the majesty of the universe for the general reader. Brilliant, eloquent, and imbued with Sagan's uniquely childlike sense of awe, this entertaining collection of essays captures the authors spirit at its best. In Billions and Billions Sagan applies what we know about science, mathematics, and space to everyday life, as well as to the exploration of many essential questions concerning the environment and our future. Ranging far and wide in subject matter, he takes his readers on a soaring journey, from the invention of chess to the possibility of life on Mars, from Monday Night Football to the relationship between the United States and Russia, from global warming to the abortion debate. And, on a more intimate note, we are given a rare glimpse of the author himself as he movingly describes his valiant fight for his life, his love of his family, and his personal beliefs about death and God. Throughout these essays, Sagan provides clarity and understanding for an audience eager to make sense of the world around it as it prepares for the challenges of the coming millennium, and in the process he illuminates his strongly held belief that we have the ability to change the world and our lives for the better. Sagan has said, We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers. With this book, as in his magnificent career, he makes this world significant indeed.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1997
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780679411604
Branch Call Number: 500 Sag 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xii, 241 p. :,ill


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Jan 18, 2015

Carl Sagan, explorer of worlds, was a precious gift to our own world. Focusing on this particular book his brilliance as a scientist learner and thinker shines brightly with knowledge and WISDOM. His care for life on not only other planets but our one and only Earth urges and guides us to use our knowledge not to destroy, but to protect the delicate balance that permits life to exist.

Sagan was an extraordinary teacher. I loved this book for its information, thoughtfulness, message, compassion, and passion.

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