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Billions Billions mobi ä Paperback í carl sagan í In the final book of his astonishing career Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning uestions 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 fasciCy of the human mind posing such fascinating uestions 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 S Series of articles by the brilliant Carl Sagan in his last book on topics such as humanity the universe religion love and deathi rate this book 3 stars and a fourth star is just for Carl Sagan as a human who i look up to as the best cosmic citizen ever lived every sentence i read i imagined from his cosmos voice and smile who else could touch on all topics of science math religion love and emotions in one discussion and reach all levels of peoplelast chapter In the valley of the shadow he wrote about death in general and his death experience in particular during his sickness just 2 months before his death very touching very human had we had people like him the world and even the universe would have been a better placeuoting him I looked death in the face 6 times and six times death averted his gaze and let me pass from our confrontations i have learned a lot about beauty of life love friends and family Almost dying is such a positive experience i would recommend to everybody

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In the final book of his astonishing career Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning uestions of our lives our world and the universe around us These luminous entertaining essays travel both the vastness of the cosmos and the intima I am a great fan of Carl Sagan and it is with some sadness that I can recommend this his last book only partially It is a collection of nineteen essays organized into three mostly unrelated parts Some items are well worth reading—particularly the last—but some not at allPart 1 The Power and Beauty of uantification is merely a simple echo of his famous book Cosmos A Personal Voyage 1980 The first chapter on large numbers from which the Billions and Billions of this book's title is taken is just too basic Experienced popular science readers should skip this part entirely Those interested in cosmology the vastness of space and the possibility of multiple universes should look instead to Sagan's own classic Cosmos or for the up to the minute and deep account see Max Tegmark's Our Mathematical Universe 2014Part 2 What Are Conservatives Conserving is a series of dated essays covering the relatively new at the time Sagan was engaged with them in the 1980s and early 1990s environmental concerns of ozone depletion and global warming Their outdatedness stems not from any later final solutions but rather because research has progressed substantially in the last few decades Another problem is that he links these essays politically to the Carter and Reagan eras which realistically are too distant for most younger readers Instead for an insider's view on global warming politics read Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It 2006 For the science which despite its over the top title is definitive refer to James Hansen's work from 2009 Storms of My Grandchildren The Truth About The Climate Catastrophe And Our Last Chance To Save Humanity Hansen is the NASA climate researcher credited for discovering global warmingHappily in Part 3 Where Hearts and Minds Collide Sagan includes timeless essays covering the politics of abortion basic morality a powerful address at the Gettysburg peace memorial rededication and a useful look back at the accomplishments of the twentieth century These display Sagan at his best and are reminiscent of the sustained intellectual wonder that is his best book The Demon Haunted World Science as a Candle in the Dark 1995Sagan closes with one of the most affecting short essays I have ever read In the Valley of the Shadow where he recounts his battles over the disease that killed him after he finished Billions and Billions but before it was published He displays ferocious optimism in his own future and also for humanity If nothing else read this eight page essay at your local bookstore or online It will move you as it has countless readers and reviewersWith great respect and with an irresistible fantasy and indeed hope that he is now in some way out there among the stars merged with his beloved cosmos I leave the last word to CarlI would love to believe that when I die I will live again that some thinking feeling remembering part of me will continue But as much as I want to believe that and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife I know of nothing to suggest that it is than wishful thinkingThe world is so exuisite with so much love and moral depth that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there is little good evidence Far better it seems to me in our vulnerability is to look Death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides

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Billions BillionsAgan's thoughts about love death and God as he struggled with fatal disease Ever forward looking and vibrant with the sparkle of his unuenchable curiosity Billions Billions is a testament to one of the great scientific minds of our day Six times now have I looked Death in the face And six times Death has averted his gaze and let me pass Eventually of course Death will claim me as he does each of us It's only a uestion of when And howI've learned much from our confrontations especially about the beauty and sweet poignancy of life about the preciousness of friends and family and about the transforming power of love In fact almost dying is such a positive character building experience that I'd recommend it to everybody except of course for the irreducible and essential element of riskThe world is so exuisite with so much love and moral depth that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence Far better it seems to me in our vulnerability is to look Death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides