Best Carl Sagan book?

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  1. floyde macrumors 6502a

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    I remember reading the first few chapters of Shadows of forgotten ancestors when I was about 12 and being completely mesmerized by it. My brother had borrowed the book from a friend, so I never got the chance to finish it.

    I've been wanting to pick up one of his books, but since I don't read as much as I'd like to, I doubt that I'll end up reading more than one of his works. I just wanted to make sure that I would choose the most significant of his books. So, are there any Carl Sagan fans that can make a good recommendation? Thanks :)
     
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    The only one of his books that I enjoyed was Contact.
     
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    That was an excellent movie. Since you read it, did it follow the book at all?
     
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    surprisingly well. I actually enjoyed the movie more than the book.
     
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    Huzzah! That's a rarity now a days. </hijack>
     
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    lol :D That was the one book I didn't want to read, I already saw the movie. Anyway, don't mind me, carry on with the thread-jacking :p
     
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    I'm not much of a reader and when I do read it's predominately business books.

    Have you watched any of Sagan's shows? Cosmos, in particular, is one that pops up a lot on the Discovery channel.
     
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    I like them all. Cosmos is a pretty good synopsis of his most salient points, but Demon Haunted World is more topical today.

    The Dragons of Eden, and Pale Blue Dot are up there for me, too.

    All of his books are pretty good, read then whenever you can.
     
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    I just saw this thread. I have to recommend Broca's Brain. I first read it at 13, and I still love it.
     
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    I used to love watching that as a kid. I think the books have a lot more depth though, plus I'm trying to develop the habit of reading again :eek:.

    That one I hadn't heard of. I look into it, thanks. I'm also leaning towards Pale Blue Dot, seems to be his most famous work besides Cosmos.
     
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    I wouldn't doubt that at all. Reading eh? More power to you. I'd give anything to spend less time away from the boob tube and the computer.
     
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    Well I got The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God because the subject is very appealing to me right now, and also because Pale Blue Dot was only available in hardcover and was somewhat expensive :eek:. Hopefully I'll read more than one of his books.
     
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    Dragons of Eden: the thought I have a reptilian brain inside my mammalian one is intriguing.
     
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