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Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium (Anglais) Broché – 12 mai 1998

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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 scientific minds of our day.

Biographie de l'auteur

Carl Sagan served as the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo spacecraft expeditions, for which he received the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and (twice) for Distinguished Public Service.
 
His Emmy- and Peabody–winning television series, Cosmos, became the most widely watched series in the history of American public television. The accompanying book, also called Cosmos, is one of the bestselling science books ever published in the English language. Dr. Sagan received the Pulitzer Prize, the Oersted Medal, and many other awards—including twenty honorary degrees from American colleges and universities—for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment. In their posthumous award to Dr. Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his “research transformed planetary science . . . his gifts to mankind were infinite." Dr. Sagan died on December 20, 1996.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thought Provoking and Inspirational 19 mars 2015
Par John Michael Strubhart - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Carl Sagan's last book inspires, provokes, entertains and informs. Although much of the material is dated, each article has a theme that is much more important than the information it contains, and not at all dated. How should we approach the questions of abortion, climate change, military spending, the threat of nuclear war, faith, reason, education, equality, politics, love, life and death? Carl has been my inspiration since 1980. I can't see a day when his musings won't inspire me. While Carl is my hero, I don't accept all of his assertions and conclusions, and Carl would approve. Republicans as a party are anti-science, but I would not put that label on someone for being conservative as he does. Shouldn't military spending be viewed as a percentage of a country's GDP rather than just dollars? Isn't the presence of brain activity just as arbitrary as any measurable property of a fetus in considering the ethics of abortion? While I don't always agree with him, I do appreciate him tackling the hardest of questions. That he does so respectfully and compassionately is inspiring. I miss him every day.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Stating and re-stating issues from other books. 11 avril 2015
Par William Hagen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you've read any other books by Carl Sagan, you'll recognize a lot of what's in here. This book is a compendium of all the things he believed needed to be dealt with by the human species. For some issues, he brings up old ideas in new ways. For others, he repeats what he's already said before. That being said.... I still immensely enjoyed the book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sagan Brilliant - Such a Loss 2 janvier 2013
Par WilesWales - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have to very much agree with "Very Enjoyable" by Andrew who posted his review on June 2, 2012, as well as "Peter Payne," - Peter in Japan, posted on September 22, 2011. They both discuss basically the same points, and I agree that the first and last chapters are the best. Yes, "Very Enjoyable" is right in that it does discuss mathematics, but that is not the only thing, as he does this mainly in scientific notations which Sagan explains in such a way that anyone interested, and doesn't remember it from high school can comprehend. He is just giving a review, and talks about other universes and such (as "National Geographic" prove in an article in 2007 that our universe is a universe inside another black hole), so as to the last chapter, which is wonderful, does give a little more evidence in more of an afterlife than Sagan believed.

Peter Payne is also right in that this book is wonderful, and I enjoyed it very much, but that other books by Sagan (The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence, Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science, The Demon-Haunted World, Pale Blue Dot, Cosmos, and others, prove his genius a lot more. This is why I give it four stars, as this work is Sagan at his most readable, does not give the same kind of learning and reading simultaneously.

This work's first and third parts are the most enjoyable! Like "Very Enjoyable," the second part is takes a lot of patience on the reader's part by the end.

Please forgive my use of other's reviews to make a point, but to comment on each would be the same as is written here, and that would be as scratching on the patience as the second part of this work! Thank you so very much! WilesWales
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book 4 mai 2017
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Everybody must read this
book. It opens your mind regarding
all kinds of subjects in the world.
And must of all very easy to read and
understand.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 His last book,Brought tears to my eyes. 19 mars 2011
Par Thomas Erickson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm a big fan of the late Carl Sagan and have read many of his books. Most 5 stars. See my reviews.

This was the last book he wrote as he was dieing with a rare form of blood cancer. His wife Ann Druyan has 2 chapters she co wrote in the book as well as the Epilogue as Carl was dieing with pneumonia caused by his weakened immune system from chemotherapy against his blood cancer. She had to write the acknowledgements as Carl had passed away.

In Billions and Billions we see a picture of both the late Johnnie Carson( a serious amateur astronomer) and Carl laughing on the Tonight Show. Carl says he never used the term Billions and Billions but that it became linked to him as a possible description of all the stars in the galaxies.

Carl did it all. Co founder and past president of the Planetary society I belong to. He had over 20 honorary degrees from various colleges and universities bestowed on him. He was a fantastic author of many books and scientific articles including the highly successful Cosmos TV series, the book Contact and more. He had the uncanny ability to write difficult scientific ideas in ways for the average layman to understand in an enjoyable reading session. He also helped in the NASA Viking Mars robot landing mission, the gold plated disc that is supposed to last a billion years sent out into deep space with Voyager having mankind's descriptions, music and more, as well as helping to understand the Venus Greenhouse effect that has Venus at almost 900F is hot enough to melt lead and tin with an atmosphere 90 times as dense as Earth's.

He was much more optimistic than me on the possibility of many different kinds of life in the universe in some very harsh environments. Carl tried not to put down others scientific theories and ideas but wanted data in the open for all to test. Not closed data and wishful thinking.

In Billions and Billions again we see his ease of handling huge numbers by scientific notation. There was a very interesting chapter on the destruction of the Ozone layer and the steps we have taken to repair it before its too late and what more needs done. Then there is a chapter on Global warming and a warning that he hopes it not too late and more must be done to get off fossil fuels as soon as possible before we have a runaway greenhouse effect like planet Venus. His biggest fears is the 70,000 plus hydrogen bombs/weapons stockpiled by the US and ex Soviet Union. Carl explains there are so many nuclear weapons that could cause a mankind extinction level event. He says the risk is too great and all countries must disarm now. He even gave a speech to both the US government and Soviet leaders about the need to trust one another to disarm before its too late.

Carl writes about having to go to the head cancer center in Seattle 4 times to battle his reoccurring blood cancer and his repeated bone marrow transplants from his younger sister Cari. His battle for me was heartbreaking and I had much empathy for him. I shed a few tears reading the later part of the book. He tells his kids including Sasha and youngest 5 year old Sam he loves them all. Anne Druyan's closing remark on the back cover made me shed a tear too. It was emotional to me and I got choked up.

Carl's wonderful family and wife Annie was there for him in the end at his bed side.Dr. Carl Sagan a great scientist/astronomer who helped so many to partially understand the wonders of the universe and fought long and hard against nuclear weapons, global warming and the Ozone layer depletion. A wonderful father and husband. Again as a 40 plus year amateur astronomer I miss him and even though he never knew of me, I'm glad to call him my friend. 5 stars a great book.
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