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Billions and Billions Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

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ISBN-10: 0345379187

ISBN-13: 9780345379184

Edition: N/A

Authors: Carl Sagan

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In the final book of his astonishing career, Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning questions of our lives, our world, and the universe around us. These luminous, entertaining essays travel both the vastness of the cosmos and the intimacy of the human mind, posing such fascinating questions as how did the universe originate and how will it end, and how can we meld science and compassion to meet the challenges of the coming century? Here, too, is a rare, private glimpse of Sagan's thoughts about love, death, and God as he struggled with fatal disease. Ever forward-looking and vibrant with the sparkle of his unquenchable curiosity, Billions & Billions is a testament to one of the great…    
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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/12/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.30" long x 0.84" tall
Weight: 0.638
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…    

List of Illustrations
The Power and Beauty of Quantification
Billions and Billions
The Persian Chessboard
Monday-Night Hunters
The Gaze of God and the Dripping Faucet
Four Cosmic Questions
So Many Suns, So Many Worlds
What are Conservatives Conserving?
The World That Came in the Mail
The Environment: Where Does Prudence Lie?
Croesus and Cassandra
A Piece of the Sky Is Missing
Ambush: The Warming of the World
Escape from Ambush
Religion and Science: An Alliance
Where Hearts and Minds Collide
The Common Enemy
Abortion: Is It Possible to Be Both "Pro-Life" and "Pro-Choice"?
The Rules of the Game
Gettysburg and Now
The Twentieth Century
In the Valley of the Shadow