Random House

Publication Year 1993

ISBN 9780345384720

ISBN-10 0345384725


Number of Pages 505 Pages
Language (English)

Social Sciences

Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors, authored by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, is a book that delves into the origin of human beings and our journey as a species, among others, to the present day.

Summary of the Book

Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors is an absorbing book that details the origin of life on earth, the varieties and characteristics, and discusses the complex human nature. It explains with humour and drama that several of our significant traits such as self-awareness, technology, family bonds, compliance to power, and antipathy for those a bit unalike from us, reason, and ethics are deep-rooted in the past, and lightened by our connection with other species. Astounding in its range, intense in its insights, and an undeniably persuasive read, Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors is a feat of science.

About the Authors

Carl Sagan could be unarguably considered as a great ambassador of humanity for his wonderful contributions towards science and creating a perspective for our species that is beyond all the boundaries of geography, politics and our place in this universe. Though he was a brilliantly talented astronomer, astrophysicist and cosmologist - fields which are considered to belong to an elite set of intellectuals - Sagan brought that to common man's backyard by adding a unique universal perspective to it. Remembered for his golden plaque idea on Voyager spacecraft which is now floating in the outskirts of Solar System carrying humanity's message, Sagan with his thought of Pale Blue Dot, reminded us with what, where and why we belong here. Playing a major part in several planetary missions for NASA, he was an exceptional source of inspiration in Astrobiology, and SETI research. He was probably one of the very few who has won both Pulitzer Prize and Emmy awards for his works. Awarded by NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal and several other distinguished honours, Carl Sagan took popularizing science to a different level through his TV seriesCosmos. Though he spent most of his career life as a Professor at Cornell University, Carl Sagan could easily be considered as a faculty of humanity. Some of his other books are The Demon-Haunted World, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, The Varieties of Scientific Experience and Billions & Billions.

Ann Druyan is the famous producer, creator and writer of the show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’s follow-up. She is also a renowned American author. She was closely associated with Carl Sagan and has co-authored books with him in the past. She has also brought out the book The Varieties of Scientific Experience – a collection of Sagan’s lectures on science.