" Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact". - Thomas Huxley

Carl Sagan Special

The 20th December 2006 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of the astronomer, astrobiologist and populariser of science Carl Sagan. This program will explore aspects of the life, work and influence of Sagan, and includes a number of short interviews with Sagan's family, friends and former colleagues.

Contributors include Ann Druyan , Founder of the Carl Sagan Foundation and wife of Carl's for nearly 20 years until his death. Louis Friedman , co-founder with Sagan and current Executive Director of The Planetary Society, Steven Soter , Research Associate, Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and collaborator with Sagan on the Emmy award winning television series 'Cosmos: A Personal Journey', Carolyn Porco , Senior Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, member of the Imaging team on the Voyager missions, and leader of the Cassini-Huygens imaging team, and A.C. Grayling , Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, Rationalist, skeptic and Little Atoms favorite.

First broadcast 22 December 2006

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