By Keay Davidson
A penetrating, enchanting biography of a systematic icon
"Absolutely interesting . . . Davidson has performed a extraordinary job."-Sir Arthur C. Clarke
"Engaging . . . obtainable, conscientiously documented . . . sophisticated."-Dr. David Hollinger for the recent York occasions ebook evaluate
"Entertaining . . . Davidson treats [the] nuances of Sagan's complicated lifestyles with knowing and sympathy."-The Christian technology Monitor
"Excellent . . . Davidson acts as a willing critic to Sagan's works and their immense uncertainties."-Scientific American
"A attention-grabbing ebook approximately a unprecedented man."-Johnny Carson
"Davidson, an award-winning technological know-how author, has written an soaking up portrait of this Pied Piper of planetary technological know-how. Davidson completely explores Sagan's technology, wrestles together with his politics, and plumbs his own passions with a telling intuition for the disclosing underside of a lifestyles lived so publicly."-Los Angeles Times
Carl Sagan used to be probably the most celebrated scientists of this century―the good-looking and inviting visionary who encouraged a new release to seem to the heavens and past. His lifestyles was once either an highbrow dinner party and an emotional rollercoaster. in response to interviews with Sagan's friends and family, together with his widow, Ann Druyan; his first spouse, acclaimed scientist Lynn Margulis; and his 3 sons, in addition to specific entry to many own papers, this hugely acclaimed existence tale bargains extraordinary perception into essentially the most influential, provocative, and liked figures of our time―a advanced, contradictory prophet of the gap Age.
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All end in oudook grew dark a bright, as our bright promise noisy Europe all its we won't will be lost; flash. tore itself to bits in one war, then rearmed for a worse one; and darker as the cancer attacked his — mouth. By contrast, Sagan was an optimist always was, even as the blood disease ravaged his body, even as he waited to be arrested at an atomic site, even as he gazed into the poker faces of nuclear weaponeers and realized that they really believe in their research, believe that instruments of annihilation will forever keep the peace.
A CARL sagan: a life 22 While in Arizona, he might have learned about Lowell's Mars research Flagstaff observatory. his Burroughs chased Apaches; otherwise, dreams of glory came to nothing. By 1911, in Chicago, a financial wife's jewelry. " whim, he began writing It told in those days. of them. He was age thirty-six, he was back sharpeners and pawning his a fantasy story, about a soldier-cowboy he sold the planet. In 1912 money a at failure, selling pencil tale to All-Story Many more a writing who "Under the traveled to the red magazine for $400, Then books stories followed.
Carl Sagan: A Life by Keay Davidson