TheRantsofReason created this lovely portrait of Carl Sagan using markers. This portrait took approximately 12 hours to complete. The artist has also made similar prints of scientific celebrities including Brian Cox and Stephen Hawking.
One of the most often repeated Carl Sagan quotes is about how all of everything is made from star stuff. Over at Flickr, Max Capacity +, recently posted an impressionistic take on this statement. The result is mesmerizing.
In creating this, it looks like Max took captured a few seconds of Cosmos, where Sagan looks up admirably at the sun as the sun fades into the shot. These frames, were then looped, processed to red-orange side of the spectrum and out as a GIF.
My path to Carl Sagan began with magic. In my my early 20′s I developed a hobby for card tricks and slight of hand. Penn and Teller were my main influences and through them I discovered (The Amazing) James Randi. I remember James Randi once saying Richard Dawkin’s book, The Blind Watchmaker should be required reading in all American classrooms. Hearing that I decided to read the book. I found it amazing. After that I read every Richard Dawkins book I could find. Through these books I discovered Carl Sagan.
Reading Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark changed my life. The way he explained the scientific method and the value of skepticism made me want to learn to more. The Demon-Haunted World remains one of my favorite books of all time.
In Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, his stories about the Heike Crab, and Eratosthenes’ calculation of the circumference of the earth blew my mind. Today these stories still resonate with me and I look forward to the day when I will share them with my children.
The Cosmos episode, “The Harmony of the Worlds”, in which Sagan challenges Astrology, inspired me to draw the comic. I thought it would be funny to have him encounter the forces of pseudo-science as he flew through the Cosmos in his spaceship of the Imagination. The design of Carl’s spaceship and his iconic wardrobe were fun for me to draw. I enjoy his mannerisms and his careful choice of words, so I tried to echo them in his dialog for the strip.
While Carl Sagan’s books have remained my favorites, I currently enjoy following scientists like Brian Cox, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene and Michio Kaku. I love the quest they are on, the questions they ask, and I appreciate the way they communicate with their readers.
To see the entire storyboard, and to check out the rest of Michael’s work, visit his site Ninjerktsu.
Gunnar shared a Sagan related video that he made via the submission form. Check out his take on science as a candle in the dark:
Back with the fourth installment of his Symphony of Science, John Boswell turns the focus from the cosmos to biology. This movement features Jane Goodall, David Attenborough and of course Carl Sagan.
Check it out! And also check out the new Symphony of Science website. It’s great.
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John Boswell, the madly brilliant sound-chemist who Auto-Tuned his way into our hearts with “A Glorious Dawn” featuring Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, has launched the laud-worthy project “Symphony of Science” which is “designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form.” You couldn’t ask for a better goal than that.
– Chris Hardwick, Nerdist
This brings back memories, since one of Nick’s earliest posts ever on his blog referenced an illustration that I made for Halloween 2005 combining a pumpkin with a famous scene from Georges Méliès’s Le Voyage Dans la Lune.