Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Carl Sagan blog-a-thon


Today is the tenth anniversary of scientist and author Carl Sagan’s death, and his son Nick Sagan is holding a blog-a-thon so the Internet can reflect on his life and career.

When I was about 10 years old, I read Cosmos, the book based on the television series that brought Sagan much of his fame. That book is probably the one thing most responsible for my initial and continued interest in science, astronomy and history. Sagan also wrote other books, including a sci-fi tome called Contact that was later made into a phenomenal film.

But Sagan’s greatest gift was taking arcane scientific concepts and making them accessible to the public. In a big way he’s indirectly responsible for things like the Discovery Channel, Bill Nye, and other programs that take science out of the lab and into the public.

So, fellow nerds, how did Sagan’s work affect you? Comment away.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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