Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors A Search for Who We Are

ISBN-10: 0345384725
ISBN-13: 9780345384720
Edition: 1993
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/7/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

"Dazzling...A feast. Absorbing and elegantly written, it tells of theorigins of life on earth, describes its variety and charaacter, and culminates in a discussion of human nature and teh complex traces ofhumankind's evolutionary past...It is an amazing story masterfully told." FINANCIAL TIMES (LONDON) World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a ROOTS for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of how humans got to be the way we are. It shows with humor and drama that many of our key traits--self-awareness, technology, family ties, submission to authority, hatred for those a little different from ourselves, reason, and ethics--are rooted in the deep past, and illuminated by our kinship with other animals. Astonishing in its scope, brilliant in its insights, and an absolutely compelling read, SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS is a triumph of popular science.

A respected planetary scientist best known outside the field for his popularizations of astronomy, Carl Sagan was born in New York City on November 9, 1934. He attended the University of Chicago, where he received a B.A. in 1954, a B.S. in 1955, and a M.S. in 1956 in physics as well as a Ph.D. in 1960 in astronomy and astrophysics. He has several early scholarly achievements including the experimental demonstration of the synthesis of the energy-carrying molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in primitive-earth experiments. Another was the proposal that the greenhouse effect explained the high temperature of the surface of Venus. He was also one of the driving forces behind the mission of the U.S. satellite Viking to the surface of Mars. He was part of a team that investigated the effects of nuclear war on the earth's climate - the "nuclear winter" scenario. Sagan's role in developing the "Cosmos" series, one of the most successful series of any kind to be broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System, and his book The Dragons of Eden (1977) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978. He also wrote the novel Contact, which was made into a movie starring Jodie Foster. He died from pneumonia on December 20, 1996.

Introduction
Prologue: The Orphan's File
On Earth as It Is in Heaven
Snowflake Fallen on the Hearth
"What Makest Thou?"
A Gospel of Dirt
Life Is Just a Three-Letter Word
Us and Them
When Fire Was New
Sex and Death
What Thin Partitions...
The Next-to-Last Remedy
Dominance and Submission
The Rape of Caenis
The Ocean of Becoming
Gangland
Mortifying Reflections
Lives of the Apes
Admonishing the Conqueror
The Archimedes of the Macaques
What Is Human?
The Animal Within
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Epilogue
Notes
Permissions Acknowledgments
Index

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