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Carl Sagan : a life

Author: Keay Davidson; Carl Sagan
Publisher: New York : J. Wiley, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Carl Sagan was one of the most celebrated scientists of his time - the leading visionary of the Space Age. He was also a highly controversial figure who inspired wildly opposed opinions. His enthusiasm and eloquence about the wonders of space, the marvels of the human brain, and the mysteries of life captured the imagination of millions. Yet one scientist was so enraged by Sagan's scientific pronouncements that he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Davidson, Keay.
Carl Sagan.
New York : J. Wiley, c1999
(OCoLC)624030805
Named Person: Carl Sagan; Carl Sagan; Carl Sagan
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keay Davidson; Carl Sagan
ISBN: 0471252867 9780471252863
OCLC Number: 41580617
Description: xx, 540 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1 Brooklyn 1 --
2 Chicago 35 --
3 The Dungeon 53 --
4 High Ground 83 --
5 California 109 --
6 Harvard 136 --
7 Mars and Manna 167 --
8 Mr. X 208 --
9 Gods Like Men 236 --
10 The Shadow Line 260 --
11 The Dragons of Eden 283 --
12 Annie 300 --
13 Cosmos 318 --
14 Contact 341 --
15 The Value of L 354 --
16 Look Back, Look Back 381 --
17 Hollywood 399 --
18 The Night Freight 412.
Responsibility: Keay Davidson.
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Carl Sagan's life and career in the field of space exploration and evolution are recounted here, based on interviews with Sagan's family and colleagues, including his widow, his first wife, and his  Read more...

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