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Yes! That soundtrack is great. The Vangelis track particularly owns.

Also, as fond as Sagan was of the word "billions", he never actually said "billions and billions" as that would be an incredibly imprecise measurement—3 billion? 957 billion?

Carl would have broken down that range into "billions", "tens of billions", or "hundreds of billions". I think Johnny Carson actually coined the phrase during a Carl Sagan parody skit.

Posted by Paulus | April 30, 2008 5:02 PM
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Awesome post Terry. Sagan pushed me into astronomy at an early age. For that I will always be grateful.

Posted by Biggie J | May 1, 2008 7:52 AM
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You have made my day—a day later than you meant to, sure, but still.

Posted by the man who couldn't blog | May 1, 2008 9:54 AM
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OH YES, this was an awesome show and a brilliant soundtrack!

I must, however, take exception to your characterization of evolution as a "hot topic", which it really, honestly is not, anywhere except the minds of the ID crowd. In *real* science, evolution is a pretty happily settled topic with some hotly contested details. :)

Posted by Breklor | May 1, 2008 3:56 PM

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