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Pale Blue Dot: Written by Carl Sagan, 1994 Edition, (1st Edition) Publisher: Random House USA Inc


Pale Blue Dot: Written by Carl Sagan, 1994 Edition, (1st Edition) Publisher: Random House USA Inc

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  • By Tom Strong on 11 September 2017

    I am old enough to remember these revelations as fresh new science through the 70s and 80s, however this book still stands up strongly today and gets people thinking about space exploration and the way it has managed to break down borders and the generally peaceful way that non territorial science and exploration can lead mankind if we only allow it. Brilliant, thoughtful words by Carl. Still worth a read / listen. Also has great nostalgic value and as a Brit found it like re-watching old sky at nights just to remember with wonderment as new discoveries are made and the hopes and aims of yet to come ventures that I can I can smile wistfully whilst knowing that missions launched decade(s) ago like Cassini, NEAR Shoemaker, Ulysses and Rosetta’s Spacecraft have been the successes that were hoped for.The Audible version is only in small part read by Carl Sagan and whilst his wife and colleague does a fine job at finishing off the book it sounds like she is trying to be as earnest as she knew her husband to be yet lacks something.

  • By John Dexter on 25 September 2010

    Carl Sagan viewed space exploration as both a natural consequence of our nomadic past and an essential constituent of our survival: in Pale Blue Dot, he articulates this vision, making an elegant and compelling argument for a programme of sustained space-exploration in order to cheat the cosmos of humanity's ultimate extinction.Given Sagan's prodigious output over an all too brief life, recycled material from earlier work is to be expected and the book opens with one of his recurrent themes, revisiting the idea that science continues to diminish humanity's over-inflated sense of importance and plots our species' ignominious ("great" ch.3 pp.20-37) demotion from cosmic "purpose" to universal bit part. Sagan also covers other favourite topics, including global warming and weapons of mass destruction, synthesising these themes into a comprehensive argument that humanity has reached a turning point in its evolution with the ability for self-destruction without, perhaps, the wisdom to prevent it. However, whilst some of the early content may feel familiar, this is not a simple rehashing of old arguments: it is a grand vision of humanity's future and, with his characteristic clarity and restraint, Sagan makes a powerful argument that our innate curiosity will eventually drive us to the stars.For obvious reasons, the space exploration review appears a little dated but Sagan's intimate involvement with much of America's attempts to explore our solar system and unique ability to collaborate with Soviet scientists makes it a fascinating and insightful read nonetheless. Moreover, the discussion is really a vehicle for Sagan's speculations about the potential for such adventure and he proceeds to indulge his imagination for cosmic housekeeping, boulder hopping and interplanetary squatting! This book can leave no doubt that Sagan was a true visionary and his premature demise is a loss to us all.Perhaps not quite as good as The Demon-Haunted World, but very, very close!

  • By Jeff Creber on 15 April 2017

    Great insight into the Cosmos and the future. fantastic read.

  • By Guest on 13 June 2017

    This book is in excellent condition, it has a truly unique perspective of someone whom recognised is important for humanity, and fought to ensure this perspective would be remembered well beyond his days against all odds.

  • By Kruzen on 17 September 2017


  • By Guest on 14 March 2017

    great quality

  • By x1 on 8 September 2015

    Buyers beware - the 'library binding' edition of this book that I purchased has no photos/illustrations. This is something of a limitation given, for example, that chapter 2 starts with; "... Look back again at the pale blue dot of the preceding chapter. Take a good long look at it. Stare at the dot for any length of time and then try to convince yourself...".Fortunately, Carl Sagan's brilliant writing compensates for the poor quality of production and missing illustrations associated with this £15.55p edition. However, I really do think that Amazon should be exercising far better quality control over the products that they sell on their web-site - and I am now far more likely to order/buy my books in future from a conventional bookshop.

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