Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Pale Blue Dot A Vision of the Human Future in Space FASCINATING MEMORABLE REVEALING PERHAPS THE BEST OF CARL SAGAN S BOOKS The Washington Post Book World front page review In Cosmos the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mys

  • Title: Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
  • Author: Carl Sagan Ann Druyan
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • FASCINATING MEMORABLE REVEALING PERHAPS THE BEST OF CARL SAGAN S BOOKS The Washington Post Book World front page review In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary FASCINATING MEMORABLE REVEALING PERHAPS THE BEST OF CARL SAGAN S BOOKS The Washington Post Book World front page review In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time.Future generations will look back on our epoch as the time when the human race finally broke into a radically new frontier space In Pale Blue Dot Sagan traces the spellbinding history of our launch into the cosmos and assesses the future that looms before us as we move out into our own solar system and on to distant galaxies beyond The exploration and eventual settlement of other worlds is neither a fantasy nor luxury, insists Sagan, but rather a necessary condition for the survival of the human race TAKES READERS FAR BEYOND Cosmos Sagan sees humanity s future in the stars Chicago TribuneFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. For the majority of my life, reading was never an interest. At all. I spent most of my childhood watching movies and playing video games and football. Reading was boring, time-consuming (in a boring way) and pointless. But then, when I was around sixteen or so, something happened that changed my life drastically. I discovered Carl Sagan. I still remember buying Cosmos, unpacking it, starting it, and turning the volume up to the max. I watched all the episodes in a day: I couldn't stop. And then [...]

    2. من تلك البقعة البعيدة الممتازة قد لا تبدو لكوكب الأرض أي أهمية ‏خاصة ولكن بالنسبة لنا يختلف الأمر. انظر مرة أخرى إلى هذه ‏النقطة. إنه هناك: الوطن. ها نحن. عليها يوجد كل من تحبه، كل من ‏تعرفه، كل من سمعت عنه، كل إنسان كان موجودا في أي وقت. إن ‏جميع أفراحنا ومعاناتنا، وآلاف الأد [...]

    3. I recently came across several references to this book while reading the superb God Delusion. I was intrigued, and since it had been quite a while since I read Cosmos, I decided to give Carl Sagan another go.Besides his beautiful evocative descriptions of moons and worlds in our own Solar system, Sagan gave us a surplus of inspirational and cautionary passages in this work which--even as an adult--make you want to grow up to be an astronaut.

    4. Once, in German class, I recommended Carl Sagan’s magnificent Cosmos television series to a classmate. “Wow,” she said. “That’s the first time somebody suggested Carl Sagan to me who wasn’t a pothead.” I wasn’t sure if that was an insult or a compliment; I said “thanks” anyway.Although I’m sure Carl Sagan can be enjoyed in a variety of altered states, he can be enjoyable for those of us here on earth too. In fact, the message of this book can (if one can stomach the cliché [...]

    5. There was a time when I simply could NOT get enough of Carl Sagan. I read everything he wrote, watched every documentary that he made. I adore him still. Pale Blue Dot is NOT like Cosmos, the book with which most people are familiar. Cosmos dealt with astronomy and gave you a basic understanding of the entire "cosmos" in a way that you would understand. It's one of the reasons it is so popular. In Pale Blue Dot, Sagan is speaking to those who love the Earth, love its relationship to the Cosmos, [...]

    6. I was impressed by how much I enjoyed this one. I've not read any Sagan before, so I didn't know what to expect, but he's one of those brilliant scientists who understands how to clearly explain things to laypeople. His story (I use the term though it reads more like a collection of journal entries or brief reports) covers wide-ranging topics about the implications and necessity of space travel, posing questions frequently, answering them occasionally, and leading inexorably to a single conclusi [...]

    7. يأخذك كارل ساجان من موطنك ويسافر بك بعيداً عن خارج الأرض ،، ليبدأ عقلك في بناء تصورات صحيحة عن الفضاء وبعيدة عن خرافات الأفلام الغربية التي تُزرع في أدمغتنا مع الوقت . خلال تصفح الكتاب سيحاول الكاتب اقناعك بالفلسفة الوجودية في رسائل مختلفة بالهجوم على الدين في موقع ،، وعلى ع [...]

    8. WOW.WOW.WOW. Carl Sagan, what a champ. Fiction from scientists/astrologists may be a bummer (see Contact), but Carl drops the BOMB in this work. Truly ahead of his time and a great american. A great intro into science/astrology and really helped me understand a lot about all the planets and their make-up. Once we kill earth (pretty soon), perhaps we aren't TOTALLY fucked, their are other options out there if we get with itbut hey, we killed earth so why listen to Sagan. I drive an SUV, i'm total [...]

    9. Take Carl’s revered “Pale Blue Dot” speech, and multiply it by, say, the power of ten. That’s Pale Blue Dot. And the fact that it’s only by the power of ten well, that’s how great that speech is.

    10. Pale Blue Dot refers to the Earth as photographed from the Voyager craft at a point beyond the orbit of Neptune. Of course at that distance, the Earth is barely discernible - a very small, unremarkable, pale blue dot among a myriad of billions of other unremarkable points of light. Yet all our history, civilization, and culture that we have ever known has occurred on that dot.Even though our ingrained geo-centric and ethno-centric biases cause us to become deflated and even depressed at the real [...]

    11. The entire Earth is but a point, and the place of our own habitation but a minute corner of it.—MARCUS AURELIUS, ROMAN EMPERORThe is my first packed-with-information book, ever. One might think that it is a pure scientific text which goes on and on about facts and numbers and laws and whatsoever that can drag the soul out of you - not denying that it isn't - but seriously, look at the title - A Pale Blue Dot - isn't poetic enough? As the writer suggests "Knowing how things work doesn't make th [...]

    12. The title of the book, Pale Blue Dot, was taken from the instantly infamous Pale Blue Dot photograph taken by Voyager 1 in 1990. The back story to that image is worth describing before actually talking about the book itself.Here is the image,Can you see Earth? Can you see our tiny little Earth? Look harder. There, ‘suspended in a sunbeam,’ is a tiny pale blue dot.This is what Sagan had to say:From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it [...]

    13. I brought this book to work with me during the incredibly slow weeks of the holiday season. The book was repetitive, full of purple prose, and overly sentimental about "science" in a way that reminded me of my parochial school days. I had expected a good book explaining stuff about astronomy, science, whathaveyou, but it was mostly emotional pandering to atheists who think they're morally/intellectually superior to non-atheists. There was a whole lot of nothing for a couple hundred pages that ca [...]

    14. Pale Blue Dot was Carl's last book, written while he was battling cancer and published after his death. Sagan was responsible for having NASA rotate a Voyager spacecraft (as it was leaving the solar system) and photograph the planets, including of course the Earth, which was appeared as a pale blue dot. I think Carl Sagan is a must read for any person who wants to be educated. Carl was a true Renascence Man, and his best gift ( of many) was teaching us about perspective. Perspective makes us wis [...]

    15. আকাশের তারা দেখা আমার খুব প্রিয় একটা কাজ। আমার দেহের পরমাণুগুলো কোন তারায় তৈরি হয়েছে এটা চিন্তা করতেই দারুণ লাগে। মহাকাশ নিয়ে ডকুমেন্টারী, বই পেলেও ছাড়িনা। আর বইটা যদি কার্ল স্যাগানের লে [...]

    16. رؤية عن الأرض و "أقرب" ما يحيط بها أي المجموعة الشمسية على الأخصشرح،ألمّ بكل ما توصل إليه العلم بخصوص جاراتنا الكواكب وأقمارها،حتى تاريخ كتابة الكتاب.في حديث الكاتب عن مستقبلنا في الفضاء،كمكانٍ للسكنى،أو للسيطرةآثر الحديث عن أخلاقياتنا على الأرض،، وكيف أنها أضرت بنا"كنوع" [...]

    17. This book was very well written by an excellent physicist. It was one of those books that really makes you consider the world around you and the massive scale of the Universe.The first chapter contemplated the arrogance and self-centred nature of humans, and presented the notion that humans are exceedingly small compared to the vast Universe. For the first time I really comprehended how tiny our species are. It is quite an obvious concept that gets lost in everyday worries, fears and troubles. N [...]

    18. Must read this book, when ever you frown at someone at their small mistake and showing your egoistic authority at someone. This book will surely prove to be ego diminishing. Read it when ever your mind is facing giant storm of the "I" concept, all you feeling of self significance will vanish away. Best one from Carl Sagan(about earth on watching its picture taken from the robotic probe at about 7-8 billion miles away,from the edge of solar system the earth appeared to be a dust particle):"Look a [...]

    19. I miss Carl Sagan. I really do.There are no shortage of brilliant scientists out there, imaginative and innovative people who are dedicated to the advancement of science and the betterment of the human race.The difference between Sagan and the rest of them is that he was able to make it beautiful. When he talked, you could feel his excitement, his joy at knowing that there was a wonderful universe out there, waiting for us to discover it. In his most famous work, Cosmos, he introduced the wonder [...]

    20. It's been my experience that people express themselves best when they are discussing the most exciting aspects of their lives. Give me an inch of enthusiasm for engineering and I can throw back a mile's worth of discussion regarding hydrology, hydraulics, and past projects. By opening Pale Blue Dot, the reader might as well be asking Sagan about his career as a scientist. And unlike engineering, Sagan's career has been amazing.For most inquisitors, and probably to the discouragement of Sagan, hi [...]

    21. Бледа синя точица – всичко, което имаме и което трябва обезателно да напуснем: knigolandiafo/book-review/b Без напускане на планетата, цивилизацията ни е обречена. Сейгън е посветил цяла глава на космическото насилие, което съпътства Слънчевата система от създаването й (пореден добър [...]

    22. Pale Blue Dot: literally one of the best books I have read. You might think I am enlisting the book in that category because I am an Astrophysics student. I won’t deny that I might be ‘biased’ that way, but in all honesty, I feel that this is one book that every person should give a read. Having watched and thoroughly enjoyed the Cosmos series by Carl Sagan, I couldn’t wait to read his books (although, I did wait. I watched that series more than three years ago!). Insightful, inspiring a [...]

    23. বইটা পড়তে অনেকটা সময় লাগলো নানা ব্যস্ততায়। তবে তাড়িয়ে তাড়িয়ে পড়েছি, তাড়া দিইনি নিজেকে। সেগানের লেখা আমার আর দশটা জনপ্রিয় বিজ্ঞান লেখকদের চেয়ে ভালো লাগে। তার কাব্যিকতা অসাধারণ। এক তারা কমে [...]

    24. Very well-written book about the history of space travelling/exploration and its possible future.When I started reading it, I felt like I was reading poetry. Sagan had a really compelling, engaging and precious way of writing. It's something that definitely makes the reading experience much more attractive and delighting. I am not a huge fan of the topic, but after reading this, I can't deny that is utterly interesting.The book is clearly out of date, but I like the undertone that it has. Furthe [...]

    25. You can read full review hereWow! this book is just wow. I remember, in 2014 I watched this short film called Wanderers, and you know I loved it. I have read few more books by Carl Sagan, but I got to know about this book afterwatching this video.And after reading this book, I can say that it was my favorite book of the year 2015 and I'm very happy that I ended my year with this book.If I talk about Carl Sagan, do you know what separate him or distinguish him from other brilliant people out ther [...]

    26. - من الممتع والمفيد جداً قراءة الكتب مرة أخرى، كنت قد قرأت منذ عامين تقريباً كتاب" كوكب الأرض : نقطة زرقاء باهتة "لـ كارل ساجان، وعدت لقراءته مرة أخرى للمتعة أولاً، وثانياً لثبات وتذكر إدراك الحقيقة الكونية في المرة الأولى التي قرأته فيها حلمت بساجان وكان أفضل شىء حدث لي على ا [...]

    27. This book is part planetary science and part imagination. The ideas are really captivating, it makes you wanna pack your bag and bought your space flight ticket and wander in the cosmic darkness. It is really hard to put it down, I hope that my daughter will grow up fast, so she could read this book.The early chapter discussed about cosmic vastness and how insignificant our planet when we compare with the infinite darkness. This insignificance is captured by Voyager 2 during its mission in Neptu [...]

    28. “The Cosmos extends, for all practical purposes, forever. Our remote descendants, safely arrayed on many worlds throughout the Solar System and beyond, will be unified by their common heritage, by their regard for their home planet, and by the knowledge that, whatever other life may be, the only humans in all the Universe come from Earth.” —Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in SpaceA very enjoyable and exciting read. Essential for any Carl Sagan fan, and a must-read f [...]

    29. This marvelously written book is perfect for people who want to know more about space and time.Carl Sagan in a unique, simple but beautiful and poetic way explains some subjects that some people might have find odifficult to understand.I've read few books about space in general, but they weren't even close to this one and without any fear I can tell that this book is my favourite so far.

    30. Marvelous look at what humanity can achieve if we put our minds to it. This book should be read by every lawmaker and statesperson in the world, and by every high school student looking to their future career.

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