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Conversations with Carl Sagan : Literary Conversations - Tom Head

Conversations with Carl Sagan

Literary Conversations

By: Tom Head (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th September 2012
ISBN: 9781578067367
Number Of Pages: 167

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Though a well-regarded physicist Carl Sagan (1934-1996) is best-known as a writer of popular nonfiction and science fiction and as the host of the PBS series Cosmos. Through his writings and spoken commentary, he worked to popularize interests in astronomy, the universe, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. From the beginning of his public career, when he co-wrote Intelligent Life in the Universe to the very end as he worked on the 1997 film adaptation of his novel Contact, these subjects absorbed him. This interest in space was rooted in his understanding of the smallness and vulnerability of humanity measured against the immense size and power of the universe. This profound philosophical humility, mixed with personal exuberance, comes through in Conversations with Carl Sagan. In interviews and profiles, Sagan discusses with verve a wide variety of topics--the environment, nuclear disarmament, religion, politics, extraterrestrial life, astronomy, physics, robotics. Whether he is discussing his science fiction or his well-researched nonfiction works, his voice embraces reason and skepticism. This volume shows how Sagan, a lifelong skeptic, refined his views and expressed amazement that Earth, for all his belief in extraterrestrial life, encompasses everything about which he cared. Tom Head of Jackson, Mississippi, is a writer and poet whose work includes Women and Families (Voices from the Civil War), Possessions and Exorcisms (Fact or Fiction?), and 1966 (The Turbulent 60s).

A conversation with Carl Saganp. 3
A resonance with something alivep. 19
Carl Sagan interviewedp. 36
Second view : Sagan on encountersp. 47
Carl Sagan's cosmic connection and extraterrestrial life-wishp. 51
The cosmosp. 57
God and Carl Sagan : is the cosmos big enough for both of them?p. 68
A pale blue dotp. 76
Sagan : dump environmentally unconscious slobsp. 79
Talk of the nation : science Fridayp. 82
Bringing science down to earthp. 99
The Charlie Rose showp. 106
A slayer of demonsp. 113
Talk of the nation : science Fridayp. 125
The Charlie rose showp. 141
The final frontier?p. 151
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ISBN: 9781578067367
ISBN-10: 1578067367
Series: Literary Conversations
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 167
Published: 19th September 2012
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.49  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.3