Billions and Billions

Billions and Billions

Carl Sagan Ann Druyan / Aug 17, 2019

Billions and Billions A fitting testament to one of the great scientific minds of our day Billions Billions Thoughts on Life Death at the Brink of the Millennium the final book of Sagan s astonishing career brilliantly

  • Title: Billions and Billions
  • Author: Carl Sagan Ann Druyan
  • ISBN: 9780747220268
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fitting testament to one of the great scientific minds of our day, Billions Billions Thoughts on Life Death at the Brink of the Millennium, the final book of Sagan s astonishing career, brilliantly examines the burning questions of our lives, our world, and the universe around us.

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        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 ffrf news day dayitems it


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    1. ما الذي يمكنك قوله عن كتاب تشاهد فيه ابتسامة واحد من أعز الناس على قلبك وهي تخفتما الذي يمكنك فعله وأنت تقرأ كلماته الأخيرةوتشعر بأوجاعه تشتد قرب النهاية فلا تملك إلا البكاء مع ابتسامة سكينة تملأ وجهكلا يمكنك مع كارل ساجان إلا الشعور بالسكينة والطمأنينة مهما كنت تتوجعاختتم [...]


    2. Carl Sagan writes about many topics in this book, but manages to make them all readable and understandable. My favorites are his essays on exponential growth and decay, the universe, and abortion. He really clearly lays out his thoughts and makes hard to understand concepts reachable in science and mathematics. He makes what is probably the most logical argument I have ever read in the abortion debates about our need to decide what makes us human and determine at what point that happens. His sho [...]


    3. Posljednja knjiga koju je Sagan napisao prije svoje prerane smrti. U ovom djelu veliki humanist iznosi svoje viđenje nekoliko svjetskih problema, kao i svoju viziju poterncijalnih rješenja. Ražalostolo me zapravo, što se u dva desetljeća otkad je djelo napisano toliko malo pomaklo na bolje. strah, paranoja, iracionalnost, fanaticizam i zatvaranje očiju pred dugotrajnim rješenjima radi kratkotrajne koristi vladaju svijetom više nego ikada. Ima li nade za nas?


    4. I liken Carl Sagan's explanation of physics, mathematics and astronomy in Billions and Billions and all his books to what Steven Pinker did for the field of linguistics in The Language Instinct: he takes extraordinarily complex phenomena and breaks them down so the intelligent reader fascinated by such quandaries, but who just didn't have the passion to study them academically, can understand and muse upon. I used Pinker's work when teaching linguistics in graduate school, and I could see physic [...]


    5. The core premise of Sagan's final book is, to paraphrase an old Native American saying, "We have not inherited the Earth from our ancestors, but have borrowed it from our children." So stop the F screwing it up.Presented as 3 parts of 19 essays in total, some of the essays, especially in the first part, are similar to the material he covered in Cosmos: cosmology and the vastness of space, our history as a species, general physics, life outside Earth. Some of the other essays are about then emerg [...]


    6. I am a great fan of Carl Sagan and it is with some sadness that I can recommend this, his last book, only partially. It is a collection of nineteen essays, organized into three mostly unrelated parts. Some items are well worth reading—particularly the last—but some not at all.Part 1, "The Power and Beauty of Quantification," is merely a simple echo of his famous book Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980). The first chapter on large numbers, from which the "Billions and Billions" of this book's ti [...]


    7. Sagan is eloquent as always. It helps even more to read it out loud to yourself, (muttering lest someone observe) and make up a Sagan accent as you go. He takes a gentle hand, which I think bespeaks desperation in his last years, his last chance to nudge the ball forward amidst tangible fear that forceful will be deemed strident, erudite will sound preachy, and warning the bitter rantings of an old Cassandra. Carl knows he's on the losing team, he loves humanity, and deeply fears our suicide by [...]


    8. This is I think Carl Sagan's last published book, published in 1996. His chapter/essay, entitled "The Twentieth Century," is one of the most insightful summaries of what the universe is that I ever read. Well, maybe not the most insightful, but surely in the top three:"Perhaps the most wrenching by-product of the scientific revolution has been to render untenable many of our most cherished and most comforting beliefs. The tidy anthropocentric proscenium of our ancestors has been replaced by a co [...]


    9. Six times now have I looked Death in the face. And six times Death has averted his gaze and let me pass. Eventually, of course, Death will claim me - as he does each of us. It's only a question of when. And how.I've learned much from our confrontations - especially about the beauty and sweet poignancy of life, about the preciousness of friends and family, and about the transforming power of love. In fact, almost dying is such a positive, character-building experience that I'd recommend it to eve [...]


    10. كتاب رائع مهما خالفت معتقداتك افكار كارل ساجان لاتستطيع الا ان تحترمه وتحب فيه انسانيته وشغفه بالعلم وبتوعية الآخرينالكتاب رائع والمقالات جدا مؤثرة تأخذك الى مستوى مختلف تماما من الوعي والشعور بالمسؤلية حول كوكب الارض وتأثيرنا فيه كبشر وينبهك الى خطورة الاسلحة النووية وك [...]


    11. I will never tire of reading Carl Sagan's thoughts on anything and everything.We’ve been here for only about a million years, we, the first species that has devised means for its self-destruction. We are rare and precious because we are alive, because we can think as well as we can. We are privileged to influence and perhaps control our future. I believe we have an obligation to fight for life on Earth—not just for ourselves, but for all those, humans and others, who came before us, and to w [...]


    12. Sagan can be a little repetitive but that doesn't mean his words carry no less value. The chapter on abortion is worth your time if you've ever been even mildly divided on the issue, which you should be. Also, I teared up on the bus reading In The Valley of the Shadow, which documents Sagan's fatal battle with myelodysplastic syndrome.


    13. What a great book. It was well written and really touched on a variety of different topics. Though it is dated now, I still feel that I gained a lot by reading it. And the last two chapters where he talked about his disease and views on death really struck deep with me.


    14. -Un poco de cada cosa, llamada de atención y testamento en muchos sentidos.-Género. Ensayo (pero “blando”, de divulgación científica).Lo que nos cuenta. Recopilación de distintos ensayos de la última parte de la producción (y la vida) del autor, divididos en tres bloques distintos que hablan del universo, de las amenazas tanto al ecosistema como a la convivencia internacional y de asuntos mucho más cercanos y personales en el último bloque, incluyendo el propio camino de Sagan hacia [...]


    15. Written at the end of his life and published with an post script illuminating his unsuccessful battle with myelodysplasia, as well as a touching epilogue by his widow Ann Druyan. The book starts out with a kind of fleshing-out of humanity by its numbers, things like human population and resource usage and the age of the species are all implicitly synthesized into a description of people by very large numbers. It then touches on social and environmental issues, how people react to them, and what [...]


    16. بلايين و بلايين كتاب غير عادي، ربما لان كاتبه غير عادي. يأخذك الكتاب في البداية برحلة خفيفة يطلعك خلالها على بعض العلوم و النظريات التي توصل إليها الذكاء البشري عبر الزمن و أيضاً يمر مرور سريع على التقنيات و التطبيقات لهذه العلوم و النظريات. و بما أن الكاتب هو "كارل سيغان" فمن [...]


    17. Thought provoking. And honestly? More than a little disheartening. A big chunk of this book deals with the CFC disaster of the 80's-90's and the parallels to be drawn between that and current climate changegoing from the analysis of the threat, to the denial by big business, to the penalties coming to fruition, before FINALLY, some change being made. It was.honestly a little depressing. And I'm not sure that's a situation that'll get better anytime soon. Recommended for food for thought.


    18. I must say, I have never completed a book faster:just three sittings and last half in a two hour flight to Mumbai.I am inclined to be a little proud of this achievement.My heroics were partly possible because the book is predictable in its first half, where Carl Sagan begins by enumerating the environmental problems,the world is facing,beamed especially with Ozone depletion and Global warming. The research and subsequent efforts by different companies, countries and communities have been capture [...]


    19. Billions and Billions, which was the last book of the one and only, Carl Sagan includes 19 different essays on subjects like history of the cosmos, science and mankind, danger of nuclear weapons, ozone layer disappearing, relationship between science and religions, abortion, and especially his personal fight with the disease that took his life away from yhis world. I love the way he reasoned his arguments with simple explanation and eye-opening examples. His enthusiasm makes readers interest and [...]


    20. Carl Sagan en sevdiğim bilim insanıdır. Onun gökbilim için yaptıkları, insanın geleceği için kaygıları, evrenin gizemini çözmek için yanıp tutuşan kalbi beni her zaman derinden etkilemiştir. Daha önce Karanlık Bir Dünyada Bilimin Mum Işığı kitabını okuduğum için bu kitabı onunla kıyaslıyorum haliyle. Karanlık Bir Dünyada bu kitaba göre daha derli toplu ve daha tematikti. Bu kitap ise daha dağınık ve takip etmesi dolayısıyla daha zor bir derleme. En fazla k [...]


    21. ماذا ستكتب وأنت على سرير الموت ؟ عن المستقبل فى الغالب أي مستقبل ؟ عادة مستقبل العائلة و هذا ما فعله ساجان بالضبط حيث كتب كتابه الآخير من أجل عائلته والتي هى تشمل سكان كوكب الارض بدءا من العوالق البحرية فى القطب الجنوبي مرورا بالأوزون والاحتباس الحراري نهاية بالإنسان وعواقب [...]


    22. Some of the essays were wonderful, some I really didn't enjoy. The book was also not what I was expecting. The last few chapters and epilogue, describing his illness and his death left me ugly crying in front of strangers on a train. Regardless of my like or dislike for this particular book, Sagan was a wonderful human, and the world is absolutely better off for having had him in it.


    23. Un alegato a la vida repleto de esperanza, un recorrido crítico a la historia de la Humanidad y los descubrimientos científicos, y una reflexión sobre cómo podríamos hacer de este un lugar mejor para vivir.


    24. No meio de todas as coisas que eu leio, confesso que não são muitos os livros que me impressionam e me fazem refletir para muito além do momento da leitura. E não são muitos os livros que me ensinam enquanto me fazem rir. E, devo dizer, é menor ainda a quantidade de livros que fazem com que eu queira ser uma pessoa melhor (para mim mesma, para os outros, para os outros seres vivos, para o planeta, para o mundo). Todos os livros que eu li do Sagan (este, Contato e O mundo assombrado pelos d [...]


    25. Sagan's "compete with one another in good works" graf: "Let us vie in art and science, in music and literature, in technological innovation. Let us have an honesty race. Let us compete in relieving suffering and ignorance and disease; in respecting national independence worldwide; in formulating and implementing an ethic for responsible stewardship of the planet."


    26. the final two chapters - “In The Valley of the Shadow” and Ann Druyan’s epilogue - are potentially the most heartbreaking, thoughtful, fiercely loving things i have ever read. a worthy legacy for a most great, kind, and brilliant mind.


    27. كم أنت رائع يا كارل وكم أنت ”إنسان“ !!! حقيقة،، عجزت عن أن أعبر 😮 ضاعت الكلمات وتاهت مني


    28. Interesting book with basic overall information about science (though outdated, of course). Very beautiful last chapters reflecting on sickness and death.


    29. “The hard-liners on each side encourage one another. They owe their credibility and their power to one another. They need one another. They are locked in a deadly embrace.”Dr. Carl Sagan wrote this in a piece dual-published by prominent magazines in the United States and the then Soviet Union. But it could just as easily describe the current toxicity of American politics, any given regional feud, or even big-box stores competing for sales on a day purportedly dedicated to thanksgiving. The a [...]


    30. عن سفونية ساجان العلمية و كرأي شخصي إنَّ كان لديه مقدرة رائعة علي سرد مواضيع شتاه و بطريقة محنكة و منشابكة بطريقة مربكة -الباب الاول من تذوقه لجمال الترقيم الأسي و الي البادئة و إشباع غريزة الصيد بالأنشطة الرياضية و رقعة الشطرنج الفارسية و علاقتها بالتزايد الهندسي و منه الي [...]


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