"The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space." I've been thinking lately of Carl Sagan the astrophysicist and biologist who is best known for his work on extraterrestrial life and his best-selling book for the public on astrophysics entitled "Cosmos", which was made into a 1980 Public Television series estimated to have been seen by between 500 million and 1 billion people worldwide. Why I have been thinking of Carl Sagan lately was a bit of a puzzle over the last weeks, but this weekend it all came together for me, as I will explain later, and so this editorial is inspired by Dr Sagan's life and work. Carl Sagan grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and raised by Eastern European immigrant Jewish parents. Born in 1934, he was in New York when members of his extended family in Eastern Europe died during the Holocaust. His immigrant parents could not achieve their personal career dreams , and so it was left to Carl to "fulfill the un-fulfilled dreams of his parents". I grew up in a similar post-Holocaust Jewish home, and was fully aware of the burden I accepted to… Read full this story
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