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- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (July 6, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 6, 2011
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004W0I3LW
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I was just swept off my feet when I read:
You spend even a little time contemplating the Earth from orbit and the most deeply engrained nationalisms begin to erode.
He goes on to tell how we, the insignificant little toddlers, have just managed to hatch out of our little, blue, world floating in the immense expanse and darkness of the universe and already have started thinking of ways to alter the 'infinite' when we can't even protect our own little home. He not only asks some important questions but gives a nice outlook and perspective to get them answered before we go on and destroy the natural course of the universe.
He has asked a very thought-provoking question, which was relevant then, decades ago, when this book was written, and even more now... today, in 2018 when I am reading this book and our world is on the verge of attempting to populate some other neighbor worlds like Mars.
Can we, who have made such a mess of this world, be trusted with others?
Anyhow, just like I said for the book - 'Cosmos', the same goes for this - If you look up at the stars and wonder about the universe, this book is for you. This is not a novel, so don't pick it up like one... It's a book about your home, and your neighbors.
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!
I would recommend to anyone who is interested in the topic, but don't think I would reread this.
The book arrived in good packaging and good time. Thank you
Needed it for my library.
If you haven't read it, you should.
Carl Sagan truly put ourselves into scale in his magnificient book. The title says it all.
The image of us inhabiting this little pale blue dot seen from voyager is striking and in some sense vertiginous. A reminder of our place in the universe.
To be read by anybody interested in the future of humanity and its place in the universe.
Fantastic audio. Very fast shipping from US to UK.
My ratings are not on the content but on the quality of publishing.
I don't get why there isn't a single picture in a book based on a picture!
Since Sagan keeps referring to the pale blue dot image in the chapters,i find the absence of it in this edition baffling.
"Despite all our limitations and fallibilities, we humans are capable of greatness."
If you've already read any Sagan's Works, I bet you'll feel it's the best of his. Such a Wonderful piece of Sagan's work about our spellbinding history and whatever our fate maybe. Having enlightened by the book, I'm happy about these kind of people working for the scientific progression to enhance our perceptions about everything we used to believe!