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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Your Price: $22.50 CDN
Author: Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 480
Pub. Date: 1997
ISBN-10: 0345409469
ISBN-13: 9780345409461

About the Book:

How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don't understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? In The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

Casting a wide net through history and culture, Carl Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channelling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Carl Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.

What people say:

"A glorious book ... A spirited defense of science ... From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought." — Los Angeles Times

"Powerful ... A stirring defense of informed rationality ... Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing." — The Washington Post Book World

"Compelling." — USA Today

"A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference... A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity." — The Sciences

"Passionate." — San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

About the Author:

Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996) was Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, and Voyager spacecraft expeditions to the planets, for which he received the NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. Dr. Sagan received the Pulitzer Prize and the highest awards of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation, and many other awards, for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment. His book Cosmos (accompanying his Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning television series of the same name) was the bestselling science book ever published in the English language, and his bestselling novel, Contact, was turned into a major motion picture.