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Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

4 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Carl Sagan

It is doubtful that there is anyone unfamiliar with noted astronomer and science writer Sagan's ability to convey the wonder, excitement, and joy of science. This book is a wonderful, if eclectic, collection of essays, some reprinted from magazines … see full wiki

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Author: Carl Sagan
Genre: Professional & Technical, Science
Publisher: Ballantine Books
3 reviews about Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and...
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
Whether or not you really understand science or cosmology, Sagan speaks to you. He covers topics from global warming to the Persian chessboard and much, much more. However, Carl Sagan was very ill while writing the last chapter of this book. He was actually writing it out of his hospital room, in Washington, I believe. His objective and beautiful perspective on his own death was probably one of the most touching things I've ever read.
review by . February 09, 2001
There are two ironies here. Despite Carl Sagan's extraordinary success in science and his consummate skill as a popular writer of science, his greatest name recognition is a consequence of a parody. Sagan was a frequent guest on the Tonight show starring Johnny Carson., and Johnny often did sketches mimicking him where he used the phrase "billions and billions", with particular emphasis on the b's. The second is that even though Carl never uttered the phrase, he chose it to be the title of a book …
review by . April 28, 2000
I'm a big fan of Carl Sagan. I loved the `Cosmos' series, I thought `The Demon Haunted World' was an outstanding treatise on really important subject, and I really dug the movie `Contact'. I have only respect for his views the role and value of science and rational thought in everyone's daily life. So I looked forward to `Billions and Billions', his last work before his sad death a couple of years ago.Well, while much of the book is true to form, in parts I was a little disappointed. For the first …
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