May 27, 11
science teachers, elected officials, people looking for a counter-point to environmental debate
Read from April 12 to May 26, 2011, read count: 1
One of his last before he passed away, answering the question of what he believed when it came to spiritual/religious matters, whether or not he actually said "billions and billions" at any time during his "Cosmos" series on PBS, and hammering home many good points that began in other novels like 'The Dragons of Eden', 'Broca's Brain', 'Murmurs of Earth', 'The Demon-Haunted World' and many others. Calling attention to the madness of nuclear war (the missiles haven't gone anywhere), the hole in the ozone layer (affecting plankton and fish in the southern hemisphere), the need to push onwards and outwards into space and the need for education in many subjects, but mainly in science, his dedication to saving the planet is fearsome, solid and necessary, many years after his passing.
Describing his humble beginnings and his growing interest in science, it contrasts nicely with the last chapter, talking about his discovery of the disease that would ultimately take his life, and the efforts spent to cure him. His wife, Ann Druyan, adds the epilogue talking about the number of people who cared so much for him and how his work changed their attitudes and their lives.
Less visually appealing than some of his earlier works (Cosmos, Comet, Murmurs of Earth) and not as in-depth as others (The Demon-Haunted World) it was a very good read.