Varieties of Scientific Experience A Personal View of the Search for God

ISBN-10: 0143112627

ISBN-13: 9780143112624

Edition: N/A

Authors: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

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Carl Sagans prophetic vision of the tragic resurgence of fundamentalism and the hope-filled potential of the next great development in human spirituality The late great astronomer and astrophysicist describes his personal search to understand the nature of the sacred in the vastness of the cosmos. Exhibiting a breadth of intellect nothing short of astounding, Sagan presents his views on a wide range of topics, including the likelihood of intelligent life on other planets, creationism and so-called intelligent design, and a new concept of science as informed worship. Originally presented at the centennial celebration of the famous Gifford Lectures in Scotland in 1985 but never published, this book offers a unique encounter with one of the most remarkable minds of the twentieth century.
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Book details

List price: $21.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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.

Editor's Introduction
Author's Introduction
Carl Sagan's 1985 Gifford Lectures
Nature and Wonder: A Reconnaissance of Heaven
The Retreat from Copernicus: A Modern Loss of Nerve
The Organic Universe
Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Extraterrestrial Folklore: Implications for the Evolution of Religion
The God Hypothesis
The Religious Experience
Crimes Against Creation
The Search
Selected Q & A
Acknowledgments
Figure Captions
Index
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