Pale Blue Dot
October 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
This photo was taken by Voyager 1 from 6.1 billion kilometers – almost at the outer edge of our solar system. Carl Sagan requested the NASA to turn the space craft around to take the pictures of the solar system. The encircled point is the earth. I realized the vastness of the space when I looked at this photograph. Carl Sagan’s speech in Cosmos added chilling effect to it. I think this is one of the famous science quotes ever made in this world.
From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here, that’s home, that’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
– Carl Sagan
This inspired me to read more science books.
Cosmos was the first non-fiction science book I read. It was introduced to me by my friend Sajid. (By the way, he is an amateur astronomer – now he has got a latest telescope from Paris. He is struggling hard to assemble it.) After starting to read Carl Sagan’s Cosmos; I can’t wait anymore and I borrowed the famous Cosmos DVD from library. I and my wife watched them every day before we went to bed. That was really an inspiration.
After that I have read so many other books of its kind and the list goes on..! But Carl Sagan was the starting point – and I have heard about so many other guys who have gone through such an upside down change and started looking at science in a more serious way.
I am one among them. I and my friend Sajid often chat about what we read – it could be from a blog or from a book. Why not share them with the world?
Hope to blog often!