Mon. May 27th, 2024
Astronomer Carl Sagan's first marriage was to noted biologist Lynn Margulis. It ended badly.

Carl Sagan speaks at Cornell University. Around 1987. Kenneth C. Zirkel, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

S19E19: The Scientist | Carl Sagan, Part One

Astronomer Carl Sagan was an ever-present voice in American culture for several decades in the latter half of the 20th century, sometimes commenting on topics far beyond the scope of his space science training. If you think that suggests some ego, you would be right, and that attribute or character flaw (depending on your perspective) certainly impacted his ability to enjoy happy marriages. In this first of a two-part story, we get into Carl’s background and his first marriage, to pioneering biologist Lynn Margulis.

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Stacie’s Receipts

Carl Sagan: A Life, by Keay Davidson (Amazon link)

Sagan’s Youth and the Progressive Promise of Space | Carl Sagan and the Tradition of Science | Articles and Essays | Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond | Digital Collections | Library of Congress (loc.gov)

Carl Sagan, Carl Sagan: Biographies Echo an Extraordinary Life | American Scientist (americanscientist.org)

Why Carl Sagan is Truly Irreplaceable | Science| Smithsonian Magazine (smithsonianmag.com)

Carl Sagan: The People’s Astronomer (mit.edu)

Carl Sagan’s 83rd Birthday: Read this Love Letter From Wife Ann Druyan (inverse.com)

Carl Sagan And Ann Druyan’s Ultimate Mix Tape Of The Human Experience : NPR (npr.org)

National Medal of Science Winners Are All Men for Third Straight Year (newswise.com)

Carl Sagan’s Secret Essay On Why He Enjoyed Using Marijuana | IFLScience (iflscience.com)

Carl Sagan, Marijuana Advocate, Explains What It’s Like To Be High While Carl Sagan | HuffPost Latest News (huffpost.com)

How the Voyager Golden Record Was Made | The New Yorker (newyorker.com)

Carl Sagan’s personal master recording of Voyager’s iconic Golden Record goes up for auction | CNN (cnn.com)

Forty Years Later, the Golden Record Goes Vinyl – The Atlantic (theatlantic.com)

Carl Sagan denied being an atheist. So what did he believe? [Part 1] – The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com)


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