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Carl Sagan's Reading List. By Maria Popova Reverse-engineering one of the greatest minds of all time by his information diet.

Carl Sagan's Reading List

“Success,” concluded this 1942 anatomy of inspiration, “depends on sufficient knowledge of the special subject, and a variety of extraneous knowledge to produce new and original combinations of ideas.” Few are the heroes of modern history more “successful” and inspired than the great Carl Sagan, and his 1954 reading list, part of his papers recently acquired by the Library of Congress, speaks to precisely this blend of wide-angle, cross-disciplinary curiosity and focused, in-field expertise — and is balanced with a healthy approach to reading and “non-reading”, with some books read “in whole” and others “in part.” Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read. A user posed the question to Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?”

Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read

Below, you will find the book list offered up by the astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science. Where possible, we have included links to free versions of the books, all taken from our Free Audio Books and Free eBooks collections. Or you can always download a professionally-narrated book for free from Details here. If you’re looking for a more extensive list of essential works, don’t miss The Harvard Classics, a 51 volume series that you can now download online. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) The first video of the Moon orbiting the Earth. Don't Remake These Movies, Film These Books Instead!

The "Overview Effect", Mindfulness and Travel. A few days ago, my friend Victoria sent me a video from her boyfriend Steve.

The "Overview Effect", Mindfulness and Travel

I met Victoria at a conference this spring, spending hours sitting and chatting about life and choices made, and why we did what we did. We bonded over a similar aim in our wanderings; she travels because she loves to learn and see and eat and understand, slowly moving from place to place in an attempt to get a feel for its people and its spirit, not just its sights.

She’s a good egg, and I’m glad we met because I have no doubt we’ll stay friends for the long haul. In the middle of our conversation, Victoria brought up Steve’s work for the Planetary Collective. Having followed me on Twitter, she saw my love for most things space-related and thought I would enjoy his project. Over and above the sheer beauty of the film and its message, listening to what these astronauts say and how they talk about a world of connectedness is something I’ve written about on a much lesser, much less intense scale. Some Strange Things Are Happening To Astronauts Returning To Earth. 100,000 Stars. Wftnasa?

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Neil Armstrong Dead At Age 82. According to NBC News, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died at age 82.

Neil Armstrong Dead At Age 82

He died at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, suffering complications following his recent cardiac bypass surgery. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and his partner Buzz Aldrin made history as the first people to ever walk on the moon. From the New York Times article applauding the achievement: Two Americans, astronauts of Apollo 11, steered their fragile four-legged lunar module safely and smoothly to the historic landing yesterday at 4:17:40 P.M., Eastern daylight time. Neil A. A photo of a smiling Armstrong was captured inside the Lunar Module after he completed his historic moonwalk. On Saturday, Armstrong's family confirmed his death, and released a statement: “We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. NASA tweeted a reaction to the news, offering its condolences. More from The Associated Press: Neiltyson: Curiosity Rover's first image,...

Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun [HD VIDEO] The Scale of the Universe 2. - StumbleUpon. Incredible Space Pics from ISS by NASA astronaut Wheelock. Go Discovery!

Incredible Space Pics from ISS by NASA astronaut Wheelock

It was October 23, 2007 at 11:40am EST when I had my first ride to space on Discovery. She’s beautiful… just sad that this will be her last voyage. Looking forward to climbing aboard the flight deck when Discovery arrives at the Space Station in November. (9-23-2010). Incredible Photos from Space: Larry Tanner, NASA. Special thanks: Bethbeck’s blog On September 22, 2010, with the departure of the Expedition 23 crew, Colonel Douglas H.

We thought that we should put some of the space photos together as a tribute to him and the whole ISS crew. The following space photos are all visible on Astro_Wheels’ twitpic account, and we are eternally grateful to him for sharing these space photos with the world. Incredible Photos from Space: ‘Earthshine’… The Space Station basking in blue Earthshine as the rising sun pierces our razor-thin atmosphere to cover the Space Station with blue light. NASA astronaut Douglas H. - StumbleUpon. Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read. Neil Armstrong Dead At Age 82.