A Life in the Cosmos
ISBN10: 0805057676 ISBN13: 9780805057676 Publisher: Henry Holt & Co Published: Oct 1 2000 Weight: 1.25lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 6.00" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
In this compelling life of Carl Sagan, award-winning science writer William Poundstone details the transformation of a bookish young astronomer obsessed with life on other worlds into science's first authentic media superstar. The instantly recognizable Sagan, a fixture on television and a bestselling author, offered the layperson entry into the mysteries of the cosmos and of science in general. To much of the scientific community, however, he was a pariah, a brazen publicity seeker who cared more about his image and his fortune than the advancement of science. Poundstone reveals the seldom-discussed aspects of Sagan's life, the legitimate and important work of his early scientific career, the almost obsessive capacity to take on endless projects, and the multiple marriages and fractured personal life, in what "The New Yorker" called an "evenhanded guide" to a great man's career.