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December 19, 2008

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Ken Davies

Just like to say that I've now managed to get hold of (I think) all of his books. Some of them are now out of print (at least here in the UK) but it would be nice if they were available as ebooks. I can't think of a better, more compelling introduction to astronomy and science than his writings.

Buddy Whitaker

I just wanted to say Thank You Carl, and to Ann, thanks for the insights. It amazes me that something so small and insignificant as a twig shaped like a "y" would come to mean so much as to create a bond between two people, and continue to become so much more of an inspiration to so many more, and still fail to create an understanding of why a twig could be so important to others.
I never met or spoke to Carl, but I do remember receiving his letter asking me to join the Planetary Society about the same time as I received a different letter from another individual asking me to join the Cousteau Society. I'm sorry I never had the funds to do either. I appreciate it every day that I had known of people like Carl, and the little tidbits each of them have freely given to educate and inspire. Thanks

Eng.Nanis ElRashidy

Dear Ms. Druyan

I'm an Egyptian Electrical Power Engineer & i read a lot about Mr.Carl...He is really a unique great person...also the most that atracted me was the 4th Dimension Explanation made by him...as its a Scientific fact in Quraan (Muslims Book that respects science & scientists)...u can find different scientific facts in Quraan...Please Check http://www.55a.net/...so when i found theory of Mr.Sagan in Quraan i thought that it might be helpfull to inform you...

The Sura says (In Arabic Windows encoding)


سورة النمل - سورة 27 - عدد آياتها 93
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


قَالَ يَا أَيُّهَا المَلَأُ أَيُّكُمْ يَأْتِينِي بِعَرْشِهَا قَبْلَ أَن يَأْتُونِي مُسْلِمِينَ 38


قَالَ عِفْريتٌ مِّنَ الْجِنِّ أَنَا آتِيكَ بِهِ قَبْلَ أَن تَقُومَ مِن مَّقَامِكَ وَإِنِّي عَلَيْهِ لَقَوِيٌّ أَمِينٌ39

قَالَ الَّذِي عِندَهُ عِلْمٌ مِّنَ الْكِتَابِ أَنَا آتِيكَ بِهِ قَبْلَ أَن يَرْتَدَّ إِلَيْكَ طَرْفُكَ فَلَمَّا رَآهُ مُسْتَقِرًّا عِندَهُ قَالَ هَذَا مِن فَضْلِ رَبِّي لِيَبْلُوَنِي أَأَشْكُرُ أَمْ أَكْفُرُ وَمَن شَكَرَ فَإِنَّمَا يَشْكُرُ لِنَفْسِهِ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَإِنَّ رَبِّي غَنِيٌّ كَرِيم40ٌ

AND IT MEANS


[27:38] "He said, O you elders, which of you can bring me her mansion, before they arrive here as submitters?"

[27:39] "One afrit from the jinns said, I can bring it to you before you stand up. I am powerful enough to do this."

[27:40] "The one who possessed knowledge from the book said, I can bring it to you in the blink of your eye, When he saw it settled in front of him, he said, "This is a blessing from my Lord, whereby He tests me, to show whether I am appreciative or unappreciative. Whoever is appreciative is appreciative for his own good, and if one turns unappreciative, then my Lord is in no need for him, Most Honorable."


Here you see we have faith that there is another creatures in this world called jinns whom we can't see & they transfer through past time which Mr. Carl Called 4th Dimensional and when they do so they vanishes from our time & goes to past time and comes back suddenly...as we humans live only in 3 dimensions and have no access to the 4th dimension which is time...But the talking ancient king is Sulaiman whom God gave him the ability to see Jinns & to give them orders too...so King Sulaiman is thanking God for this....you know we muslems believe we have only one God who created the whole universe...God sent his last religion for humanity which is Islam and Quraan is the book that contains God's Words...No mistakes at all in Quraan as it is equivelant with modern science too which proves its the real words of the creator of the whole universe...Quraan same as it is from 1400 years no changes at all by people like other religious books...

To check Scientific miracles in Quraan plz visit


http://www.55a.net/


Also in cosmos i found that Mr.Carl came Egypt so if you dont mind i'd like to know his oppinion about Egypt & Alex & Is your daughter's name Alexandra has any relation with his visit to Alex?


Thanks for your time and i'd be very happy if i recieve a reply...

Science Lover,

Eng.Nanis ElRashidy

Keith Flower

Dear Ms. Druyan, Thank you for your great effort.

Keith

Liviu Cercel

Carl Sagan was the man who showed me how to love this Blue Dot called Earth... He was a beautyful human being, full of Love and wisdom. I will always keep his memory in my heart.

http://www.trilulilu.ro/liviu_cercel/d67ec8cc5d35fc

Chris Highland

I greatly appreciate your creative work. Would you consider reading the short blog Moon Park and support the effort for a lunar wilderness? We know this sounds looney, but we are already blasting new craters in this wild land! Thanks!
Chris

唐政

我的英语水平真不怎么样!给你祝福吧

Duncan Gibson

I'm a little disappointed by some comments, but here is mine:

A string, when pulled unravels worlds, imagination ....

I have been many things, cook, programmer, contractor ... all very plain. Never have I acheived the hieghts that I felt we are ALL capable of. With some shame and some humility I have continued to feel that I have more to offer yet.

When I watched COSMOS I remeber myself (12) and my father (54) finding wonder and amazement both of us together. Today, my father (80) will watch the collectors edition with my nephew (6). I hope that for their lives they will find the hope and thrill that inspired me and was shared when I was a young man absorbing the impartial, imaginative, imperical, adventurous and astoundingly engaging speakings of Mr. Sagan.

He was of us and we of him. We are all the stuff of stars.

Move, dance and be the stuff of stars Carl, forever.

Duncan Gibson

Ann, Carl

A string when pulled unravels worlds and our imagination ....

I have been many things, cook, programmer, contractor ... all very plain. Never have I acheived the hieghts that I feel we are ALL capable of. With some shame and some humility I have continued to feel that I have more to offer yet.

When I watched COSMOS I remeber myself (12) and my father (54) finding wonder and amazement both of us together. Today, my father (82) will watch the collectors edition with my nephew (6). I hope that for their lives they will find the hope and thrill that inspired me and was shared when I was a young man absorbing the impartial, imaginative, imperical, adventurous and astoundingly engaging speakings of Mr. Sagan.

He was of us and we of him. We are all the stuff of stars.

Continue on with the symphony and be the stuff of stars Carl, forever.

Duncan

Marcus McGowan

Carl Sagan was one of my heroes.

I was only a small child when Cosmos first aired on our TV but even so I was hooked. I didn't understand it all but I knew it was interesting and I knew I liked Dr Sagan.

As the years have went by I have read Carl's books and just recently finally watched Cosmos for the first time in 19 years! It is still as brilliant as it was to a 5 year old.

What I think has really shown is that Carl Sagan may have loved the stars and planets, but more importantly he loved people. He cared for the future of the human species and that of Planet Earth.

I hope that all the people who have been inspired by Dr Sagan (I am certainly one) will live their lives true to his ethos of not only saving our species but the Earth itself.

Few people really touch or inspire lives, but Carl Sagan is.

From a small corner of Scotland, we salute you.

Daryl Deagon

To quote from the book "Pale Blue Dot":-

"How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, 'This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?' Instead they say, 'No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.' A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge."

Such a religion has emerged, The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the mormons.

And to quote from scripture revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1830 regards to man and the universe:-

"And it came to pass, as the voice was still speaking, Moses cast his eyes and beheld the earth, yea, even all of it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the spirit of God.
And he beheld also the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not; and he discerned them by the Spirit of God; and their numbers were great, even numberless as the sand upon the sea shore.
And he beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, and there were inhabitants on the face thereof.
And it came to pass that Moses called upon God, saying: Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them?
And behold, the glory of the Lord was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and talked with him face to face. And the Lord God said unto Moses: For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me.
And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth.
And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.
And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.
But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.
And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying: Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and tell me concerning this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content.
And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying: The heavens, they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man; but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine.
And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof even so shall another come; and there is no end to my works, neither to my words.
For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

And so since 1830 has religion revealed to man the magnificence of the universe, science was a late comer in revealing this.

Maria A. Neves

Good evening,
so nice to "discover" this very interesting "space" honouring Mr. Carl Sagan, walking on the pathways of the future.
I will try to visit often.
Best wishes and a warm greeting from Portugal,
Maria Neves

IGNACIO SAUCEDO BLASCO

Carl Sagan forma parte de mis recuerdos de infancia que se redescubierto con la treintena y que me aventuro una Asegurar que me acompañara hasta el fin.
GRACIAS

roger fassarella

Sua série cosmos é muito inspiradora fazem, que as pessoas pensarem e refletirem sobre o mundo que construímos, e viveremos, você é um grande sucesso sem Brasil e no mundo. Seus vídeos transporta-nos para uma nova realidade de otimismo e esperança, em não ter futuro um novo mundo. Todos as pessoas Deveriam assistir esse encontro com o cosmo. Neste secundo cósmico, toda nossa história revela superação e determinação. Você e sem duvida um dos maiores cientistas do mundo, e quem sabe do cosmos. Meu maior desejo seria poder um dia Valar com você, pois depois de assistir sua série passei a ter uma nova visão da humanidade, assistir todos os episódios e assistiria quantas vezes Necessário Fossem.

Meu e-mail: roger_fassarella@hotmail.com

Telefone: 55 28 99889619

Se possiveu mende-me somente um e-mail.

Patti Keiper

Ann..

Have you seen this?

It's truly beautiful. Made by a fan just this past week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc

People are falling in love with Carl all over again.

Peace

Patti in Minnesota USA

Brian

Ann,

Someone put together a music video tribute to Carl Sagan using his own words from the Cosmos series. It's really good. Thought you'd enjoy it. Hawkings has a cameo appearance as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc&feature=player_embedded

george

WONDERFUL! just recently i've revisited the COSMOS series. it's just as lyrically beautiful now, thirty some years on as it was the first time i saw it.

sagan and druyan have been in my personal pantheon of gods along with gardener and asimov since i've been a boy. i have most of his books and i've read all of them. i will always revere these great humans for their roles as signposts ... their ability to spark a well-deserved appreciation and love for reason that places them forever in my personal firmament. thank you for this place and this tribute to a wonderful and gentle GIANT. if i think about it for too long, it makes me weep with bitter regret that the world lacks more humans like these.

Don Moffatt

Dear Ann,
How I miss Carl voicing his rational views. His was a presence we dearly needed in world commentary over the last 13 years. Revisiting his books and the Cosmos series grounds me when the nonsense becomes overwhelming.

Carl left a great legacy and I hope new generations will continue to be inspired by it towards better stewardship of our world. His is a birthday that continues to be worth celebrating.

Juan Manuel

Thanks to Carl Sagan I have learned to enjoy the Cosmos, there will never be a person so got mad about the Cosmos and about the Universe, a person will never make me feel so many nice things that the human being has, the nature, the entire Universe, thank you Ann and thanks to you Carl Sagan, where you want that this, I you miss every day, an embrace and kiss for you Ann.

gregg

Ann, you too are a great visionary. You are the best equipted person on earth to save it. You must convince mankind to build a grand spaceship, the New Earth, to escape from the Sun, Milky Way, Great Attractor and "Satan's Structure", into the abyss.

gregg

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Albert

Hi I know you probably don't read many comments, but I just wanted to let you know Carl Sagan has inspired me. I'm not much of an astronomer nor I am a genus but something about hearing him talk makes me wonder about life it self. I'm actually going to purchase his set of Cosmos, and I know it's been over 30 years but I feel like there's so much out there. I'm planning to go back to school this semester and I know if I watch this I will be even more inspired. If you have any recommdation for other books or shows, please let me know

Lucas Wilcox

Dearest Ann,
I cant imagine how you must feel.
I saw him speak in Anchorage Alaska when i was twelve, right after i read Pale Blue Dot. He had already changed my life by that age, he had already made me want to help. A couple years later when i heard he had died, i was sad of course, but i was too young to realize what had happened. It was ten years before it hit me, that we had lost the first person who had ever been able to understand the nature of reality. I cried so hard that day, for hours on top of a mountain in the desert, not for him, but for the rest of us. The only time that life ever brings me to tears is when i think of Carl, when i see how much we need him. I still havent read every one of his books, probably so i know i still have more of them to read, instead i read the same ones every couple of years. My favorites are the ones you both worked on together. But guess what, i have a five year old daughter who I named Karma. She was born exactly eighty years to the day after Carl.
She reminds me, not only that our children deserve a healthy world, but that it is possible to understand whats happening, and that one person can change the world. I speak about him all the time to everyone who knows me. I show Cosmos every year in my college.
I miss him so much. I miss him so much.

-Lucas Wilcox

E.F.A.N

For ever, we dear to explore, far and far away...

From S_A_N

Pax

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