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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Carl Sagan: A Life, by Keay Davidson (Amazon link)
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Why Carl Sagan is Truly Irreplaceable | Science| Smithsonian Magazine (smithsonianmag.com)
Carl Sagan: The People’s Astronomer (mit.edu)
How the Voyager Golden Record Was Made | The New Yorker (newyorker.com)
Forty Years Later, the Golden Record Goes Vinyl – The Atlantic (theatlantic.com)