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Carl Sagan's cosmic connection : an extraterrestrial perspective

Author: Carl Sagan
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

A classic book by the world's most famous scientist and science visionary, back in print with a new perspective.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Sagan
ISBN: 0521783038 9780521783033
OCLC Number: 460747781
Notes: Previous edition: Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday; London: Hodder & Stoughton,1973
Description: 302 s. : ill. ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword Freeman Dyson; Personal reflections Ann Druyan; Preface; Part I. Cosmic Perspective: 1. A transitional animal; 2. The Unicorn of Cetus; 3. A message from earth; 4. A message to earth; 5. Experiments in utopias; 6. Chauvinism; 7. Space exploration as a human enterprise I. The scientific interest; 8. Space exploration as a human enterprise II. The public interest; 9. Space exploration as a human enterprise III. The historical interest; Part II. The Solar System: 10. On teaching the first grade; 11. 'The ancient and legendary Gods of old'; 12. The Venus detective story; 13. Venus is hell; 14. Science and 'intelligence'; 15. The moons of Barsoom; 16. The mountains of Mars I. Observations from earth; 17. The mountains of Mars II. Observations from space; 18. The canals of Mars; 19. The lost pictures of Mars; 20. The Ice Age and the cauldron; 21. Beginnings and ends of the Earth; 22. Terraforming the plants; 23. The exploration and utlization of the solar system; Part III. Beyond the Solar System: 24. Some of my best friends are dolphins; 25. 'Hello, central casting? Send me twenty extraterrestrials'; 26. The cosmic connection; 27. Extraterrestrial life: an idea whose time has come; 28. Has the Earth been visited?; 29. A search strategy for detecting extraterrestrial intelligence; 30. If we succeed ...; 31. Cables, drums, and seashells; 32. The night freight to the stars; 33. Astroengineering; 34. Twenty questions: a classification of cosmic civilisations; 35. Galactic cultural exchanges; 36. A passage to elsewhere; 37. Starfolk I. A Fable; 38. Starfolk II. A future; 39. Starfolk III. The cosmic Cheshire cats; Epilog David Morrison; Index.
Responsibility: Carl Sagan ; new contributions by Freeman Dyson, Ann Druyan, and David Morrison ; produced by Jerome Agel


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