Science: A Gift for Vividness

Carl Sagan, says one of his colleagues at Cornell, "is very often right and always interesting. That is in contrast to most academics, who are always right and not very interesting. " In his books or off the cuff, on the lecture platform or sitting across from Johnny Carson, Sagan has a distinctive gift for expressing scientific notions vividly and with infectious enthusiasm. A sampler of the sayings of Sagan:

On Scientific Method. In a way, science might be described as paranoid thinking applied to nature: we are looking for natural conspiracies, for connections among apparently...

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