Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium
a book by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan
(our site's book review)
He rightly admonishes the world for not getting its population explosion and poverty under control. He decries the incredible amount of money put into weapons every year—money that could support so much good if it wasn’t used to support mankind’s dark side. Political action on the part of grassroots citizens and a renewed commitment to critical thinking are going to be needed to turn around our nation, as will better leadership, according to Sagan. He looks at the win-lose context of the international scene, with its stockpiles of weapons just waiting to kill millions. He looks at pseudoscience and superstition and a world full of fanatics wanting to take us back to the authoritarian Dark Ages and slowly accumulating the terrorist weapons to make it so.
Carl Sagan has helped us all make sense out of a world full of both promise and crazies, love and hate, science and tyranny. He has been a great scientist and a great man. His death occurred in 1996. He will be missed.