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It is December 1999, the dawn of the millennium, and a team of international scientists is poised for the most fantastic adventure in human history. After years of scanning the galaxy for signs of somebody or something else, this team believes they`ve found a message from an intelligent source — and they travel deep into space to meet it. Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sagan injects Contact, his prophetic adventure story, with scientific details that make it utterly believable. It is a Cold War era novel that parlays the nuclear paranoia of the time into exquisitely wrought tension among the various countries involved. Sagan meditates on science, religion, and government — the elements that define society — and looks to their impact on and role in the future. His ability to pack an exciting read with such rich content is an unusual talent that makes Contact a modern sci-fi classic.

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Carl Edward Sagan

A book by Carl Edward Sagan

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Carl Edward Sagan ) November 9, 1934 - December 20, 1996 American astronomer, writer. Born November 9, 1934 in New York. In 1951 he entered the University of Chicago; in 1954 he received a bachelor`s degree, in 1960 - a doctorate in astronomy and astrophysics. He worked as a laboratory assistant at the University of pc. Indiana at the Nobel laureate, geneticist G.

Möller in 1952-1953. At the University of Chicago, Sagan was greatly influenced by H.

Yuri and J.

Kuiper. From 1960-1962 Sagan worked as an assistant at the Yerkes Observatory at the University of Chicago, the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University. In 1962-1968 he taught astronomy at Harvard University and worked at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. From 1968 until the end of his life he was professor of astronomy and space research at Cornell University, and also director of the laboratory for the study of planets. Sagan`s works are devoted to the physics ...

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Carl Edward Sagan (eng. Carl Edward Sagan ) November 9, 1934 - December 20, 1996 American astronomer, writer. Born November 9, 1934 in New York. In 1951 he entered the University of Chicago; in 1954 he received a bachelor`s degree, in 1960 - a doctorate in astronomy and astrophysics. He worked as a laboratory assistant at the University of pc. Indiana at the Nobel laureate, geneticist G. Möller in 1952-1953. At the University of Chicago, Sagan was greatly influenced by H. Yuri and J. Kuiper. From 1960-1962 Sagan worked as an assistant at the Yerkes Observatory at the University of Chicago, the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University. In 1962-1968 he taught astronomy at Harvard University and worked at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. From 1968 until the end of his life he was professor of astronomy and space research at Cornell University, and also director of the laboratory for the study of planets. Sagan`s works are devoted to the physics of planets, the problems of the origin of life and the possibility of its existence outside the Earth. Sagan is the creator of the "greenhouse model" of the Venusian atmosphere, which explains the presence of high temperatures on the planet`s surface. His studies of the surface of Mars are known: the scientist suggested the existence of large differences in altitude on Mars, explained the seasonal changes in the contrast between light and dark regions by the transfer of dust from high-mountainous regions to low-lying regions and vice versa. Discovered organic molecules in Jupiter`s atmosphere. Sagan took an active part in space exploration programs for Venus (Mariner-2, 1962), Mars (Mariner-9, 1971-1972, Viking-1 and Viking-2, 1976), Jupiter and Saturn ( Voyager 1 "and Voyager 2", 1977-1981). Participated in experiments on modeling the formation of organic substances in the Earth`s atmosphere, in 1963 he illustrated the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Sagan`s views on the problems of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations are set out in the books Intelligent Life in the Universe, 1966; co-authored with I.S.Shklovsky, Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence, 1973, "Cosmic Connection2 (The Cosmic Connection, 1973). The theme of connection with extraterrestrial civilizations was embodied in Sagan`s science fiction novel" Contact "(Contact, 1985; Russian translation 1994). The book" Cosmos "(Cosmos, 1980) became a bestseller, and created more than 500 million people have watched the 13-episode film based on it Sagan`s book Pale Blue Dot (1994) is dedicated to the cosmic future of mankind, and among his many awards is the Pulitzer Prize for the book Dragons of Eden. Discourses on the evolution of the human brain "(Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence, 1977; Russian translation 1986). In 1979, Sagan founded the Planetary Society, which by the end of the 20th century. Became the largest association of people interested in space. In 1980 The work of Sagan and his colleagues on the possible climatic consequences of nuclear war caused a wide public outcry.The scientists concluded that these consequences could be much more serious than previously thought, since the products of the explosions, rising high into the atmosphere, will absorb sunlight and this to the cooling of the atmosphere in the surface layer ("nuclear winter") Sagan`s latest book is "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark" (1996). Sagan died in Seattle (Washington) December 20, 1996. REFERENCES Kellogg G., Sagan K. Atmosphere of Mars and Venus. M., 1962 Sagan K. Solar system. - In the book: K. Sagan, A.D.W. Cameron , E. N. Parker et al. M. , 197