Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy Birthday, Carl Sagan

He would've only been 75 years old today. I was surprised to realize that, and reminded of how untimely his death was. It's hard to think about what else he would've written in these past thirteen years. Or the next thirteen, or more. If you've never read The Demon-Haunted World, I can't recommend it strongly enough. I've read it several times, and it's easily my favorite nonfiction book. And if you've never watched Cosmos, forget this blog post and get thee to Hulu. The whole series is there, and it's amazing how, after three decades, it's hardly dated at all. Just don't start it if you have any important work to do in the next thirteen hours.

Here are the first five minutes:


Gary Corby said...

I know what you mean. I met Fred Hoyle when I was at university and it was like standing in the presence of a living legend. He'd been around forever.

 Patrick Lee said...

That must've been so cool! (Sorry I just noticed this comment, lol... I haven't been on the site in a few days...)