“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” -Carl Sagan
Happy Birthday to Carl Sagan! This famous scientist was born 11-9-1931, 81 years ago. He was the star of the famous TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (later remade by Neil deGrasse Tyson as Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey)as well as an astronomer. He authored 6 books and numerous scientific papers. For the first time since the moon landings, the public was genuinely interested in the concept of science.
Back when the Voyager probes were still being assembled, Carl Sagan headed a team that made the Golden Record- a copper gold-plated record with songs, greeting, and animal noises from earth. The record will last longer than Sagan’s team- up to a billion years.
Long story short, Carl Sagan made many impacts, as a scientist, but also as a teacher. Let’s hope the current enthusiasm for science only continues to grow! 🙂
Some quotes by Sagan:
“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”
“I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.”
It’s an amazing world out there…let’s go exploring!