Lot 100 of 394:
Carl Sagan and his Russian collaborator on Extraterrestrial Life  
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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$72
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Title:
4 books by I. S. Shklovskii

Author:
Sagan, Carl; and I.S.Shklovskii

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Date:
1966-1980

Description:

Four volumes:

  • Sagan, Carl, & I.S. Shklovskii. Intelligent Life In The Universe. San Francisco: Holden-Day, 1966. 509 pp. Original cloth in dust jacket. 509pp. Sagan’s first major book, an extension and revision of Shklovky’s 1963 Universe, Life, Mind. (Jacket inexpertly repaired with tape)
  • Shklovsky, I. S. Cosmic Radio Waves. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1960. 444 pp. Translated by Richard B. Rodman and Carlos M. Varsavsky. Illustrated. Original cloth in dust jacket. First Edition. (Tape remnant on covers)
  • Shklovsky, I. S. Supernovae. Volume XXI. Interscience Monographs and Texts in  Physics and Astronomy. London and New York: Wiley, 1968. 444 pp. Illustrated. Original cloth. (Front flyleaf removed)
  • Shklovskii, I. S. Vselennaia, Zhizn, Razum [Universe, Life, Mind/Intelligence]. Moscow: 1980. 352 pp. Russian text. Extensively illustrated. Cloth and boards; color pictorial endpapers. Fifth Edition, Revised and Supplemented. 

Shklovsky was a whimsical radio astronomer (his posthumous memoirs were titled, “Five Billion Vodka Bottles to the Moon”), an irreverent critic of Soviet foibles. After suggesting that there might be extraterrestrial life on Mars. in 1963, to mark the fifth anniversary of Sputnik, he published a book which examined astronomical and biological aspects of the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe.

Carl Sagan, a 29 year-old Harvard astronomer, began to correspond with Shklovsky and persuaded him that his book should be translated in a greatly expanded English-language edition with Sagan as co-author. The end result was a heavy tome, full of  technical material which enhanced the repute of its serious speculation about extraterrestrial life. While Sagan subsequently became a well-known pop-science media star, little attention has been paid to the life and work of his co-author. Shklovsky’s 1991 post-Soviet memoirs reveal much about his personal struggle for scientific recognition during the Stalinist era.


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Condition:
Overall good to very good.


 
Item number:
319618b
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