Carl Sagan: Time Magazine Dubbed Him "The Showman of Science"

Today's the birthday of Carl Sagan.

On clear nights in Perth or Copenhagen,

He said we could  see, light-years past Mars,

With  our telescopes,  billions and billions of stars.

Food for thought:

"Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people." [Carl Sagan]

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  • This is just great. Love that quote! Carl Sagan and COSMOS was (is) so inspiring. A cosmic coincidence? Really looking forward to the new show, too!

  • "'So tell me, since it makes no factual difference to you and you can't prove the question either way, which story do you prefer? Which is the better story, the story with animals or the story without animals?' Mr. Okamoto: 'That's an interesting question?' Mr. Chiba: 'The story with animals.' Mr. Okamoto: 'Yes. The story with animals is the better story.' Pi Patel: 'Thank you... And so it goes with God.'"
    -life of Pi

    Humdrum and insignificant to whom? An oxymoron, no? Always Loved Carl Sagan.

  • The way he said "billions and billions" was memorable in itself.

    And to get back to a topic from last week, Sagan was more comprehensible than Brian Greene, who was on Channel 11 last week trying to explain why time travel forward was possible, but backward not possible, without directly citing Mr. Peabody and Marty McFly for the proposition of what would happen if you broke up your father and mother, but he did mention that nobody has ever mentioned encountering someone from the future. However, I don't know if one can exclude Elijah the Prophet from that.

  • In reply to jack:

    not "probable," for the backwards part.Had something to do with entropy, which would be purely Newtonian.

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