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Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (Illustrated)
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.
But then, around sixteen, something happened that changed my life drastically. I discovered Carl Sagan.
I still remember buying Cosmos, unpacking it, starting it and turning the volume to the max. I watched all the episodes in a day. I couldn't stop. And then it happened. For the ...more
Even though our ingrained geo-centric and ethno-centric biases cause us to become deflated and even depressed at the real ...more
تستطيع تخليص الكتاب في : " ان كوكب الارض بكامله مجرد نقطة ، وموقع سكننا الخاص مجرد زاوية متناهية الصغر " وبهذا وجب علينا ان ندرك اننا لسنا عظماء كما ندعي ،، بل علينا ان نتعقل وننضج كبشر لنت ...more
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 as well. In fact, the message of this book can (if one can stomach the cliché) justly be describ ...more
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 ...more
For most inquisitors, and probably to the discouragement of Sagan, hi ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 довод срещу креационизма) и на който неминуемо Земята ще се окаже жертва рано или късно. Няма връщане назад към природата, няма отказ от технологиите – рано или късно голям астериод ще нацели планетата ...more
هر کسی که دوست داریم ، هر کسی را که میشناسیم ، هر کسی که از
او تا به حال شنیدهایم ، هر انسانی که تا به حال زیسته است ، روی همین نقطه به سر
مجموع همه خوشیها و رنجهای ما ، هزاران آموزه اقتصادی ،
ایدئولوژی و مذاهب دلگرمکننده ، هر شکارچی و کاوشگری ، هر قهرمان و ترسویی ، هر
آفریننده و نابودکننده تمدنی ، هر شاه و رعیتی ، هر زوج جوان عاشقی ، هر کودک
امیدواری ، هر مادر و پدری ، هر مخترع و مکتشفی ، هر معلم اخلاقی ، هر سیاستمدار
In a tour of our solar system, galaxy and beyond, Cornell astronomer Sagan meshes a history of astronomical discovery, a cogent brief for space exploration and an overview of life-from its origins in the oceans to humanity's first emergence to a projected future where humans "terraform" and settle other planets and asteroids, Earth having long been swallowed by the sun. Maintaining that such relocation is inevitable, the author further argues that planetary science is of
This nonfiction masterpiece begins by pointing out the ramifications of the "pale blue dot" photograph taken by the Voyager in 1990, from a further distance than had ever before been seen. He logically speculates about the futility of wars over religious differences, land, extreme nationalism, and political conflict, when it comes to the bigg ...more
Reading this took me back to my childhood and the wonder I felt when I thought about the natural world (universe) and how incredible it is. It also reminded me that science can be fun, regardless of how dull most schooling makes it. A wonderful book, and I would highly recommend it to EVERYONE.
My onl ...more
أما الترجمة جيدة واستوعبت الشرح العلمي مع الخواطر التأملية للكاتب
لم أكن يوماً متحمسة لقراءة كتاب فلكي حتى قرأت اقتباساً لكارل ساجان" أعطاني تليسكوباً وجعلني أنظر إلى مدىٰ ضآلتي وسط هذه النقطة الزرقاء الباهتة
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I don't care that he holds his beliefs, I just do not see what spending so much time on them had to do with our future of space ...more
I loved this book for stirring my imagination, engaging fascinations that I ...more
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The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”