Introduction by Carl Sagan
• Carl Sagan writes the Introduction from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
• The Introduction begins with the observation that adults don't concern themselves with questions of how the universe works, but that children are interested in these questions.
• Adults often use religion to answer fundamental questions.
• The assumption that the universe must have an end, since it has a beginning, is based on human experiences.
• Physicists do not make assumptions about the universe based on human experience because the universe is too complex.
• Philosophers and scientists view the world very differently, but are concerned with the same fundamental questions.
• Stephen Hawking was inducted into the Royal Society of London in 1974 and has Lou Gehrig's disease.
Chapter 1 Our Picture of the Universe
• The universe has been looked at many different ways throughout history, and maybe one day our current views will be outdated...
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