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Sagan, Dorion 1959-

Works: 99 works in 371 publications in 3 languages and 13,340 library holdings
Genres: History  Popular works  Interviews  Controversial literature  Biography  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator, Author of introduction
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Dorion Sagan
Microcosmos : four billion years of evolution from our microbial ancestors by Lynn Margulis( Book )

31 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Margulis, Lynn, Investigator, Non-NASA Center: U MA, Amherst
What is life? by Lynn Margulis( Book )

27 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and French and held by 1,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Half a century ago, before the discovery of DNA, the Austrian physicist and philosopher Erwin Schrödinger inspired a generation of scientists by rephrasing the fascinating philosophical question: What is life? Using their expansive understanding of recent science to wonderful effect, acclaimed authors Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan revisit this timeless question in a fast-moving, wide-ranging narrative that combines rigorous science with philosophy, history, and poetry. The authors move deftly across a dazzling array of topics--from the dynamics of the bacterial realm, to the connection between sex and death, to theories of spirit and matter. They delve into the origins of life, offering the startling suggestion that life--not just human life--is free to act and has played an unexpectedly large part in its own evolution. Transcending the various formal concepts of life, this captivating book offers a unique overview of life’s history, essences, and future.""--Publisher's description."
Origins of sex : three billion years of genetic recombination by Lynn Margulis( Book )

19 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acquiring genomes : a theory of the origins of species by Lynn Margulis( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors argue that symbiotic merger far more than random mutation is the cause of new species
Mystery dance : on the evolution of human sexuality by Lynn Margulis( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines human sexuality and behavior as they attempt to trace its ancestral origins among reptiles, amphibians, fish, and other vertebrates
Cosmic apprentice : dispatches from the edges of science by Dorion Sagan( )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As science has become more specialized and more costly, its questing spirit has been constrained by dogma. And philosophy, perhaps the discipline best placed to question orthodoxy, has retreated behind dense theoretical language and arcane topics of learning. Sagan draws on classical and contemporary philosophy to intervene provocatively in often-charged debates on thermodynamics, linear and nonlinear time, purpose, ethics, the links between language and psychedelic drugs, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and the occupation of the human body by microbial others
Up from dragons : the evolution of human intelligence by John R Skoyles( Book )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A breathtaking account of the "unnatural" history of consciousness and human intelligence. Taking its cue from The Dragons of Eden, Carl Sagan's 1977 classic and New York Times bestseller, Up from Dragons traces the development of human intelligence back to its animal roots in an attempt to account for the vast differences between our species and all those that came before us. In a book that will spark a storm of debate, neuroscientist John Skoyles and awardwinning author Dorion Sagan introduce a controversial theory of the origins of human intelligence that may hold the answers to questions that have haunted scientists about mind, consciousness, and the evolutionary odyssey of humankind. It also introduces the revolutionary concept of "mindware"the human, evolutionary equivalent of computer softwareand describes how the evolution-accelerating symbol-using programs that make it up have empowered us with the unprecedented ability to take charge of our own evolutionary destiny
Slanted truths : essays on Gaia, symbiosis, and evolution by Lynn Margulis( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and German and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lynn Margulis, one of the most original and perceptive scientific thinkers of our time, and the writer Dorion Sagan here present a selection from their many essays published in the last decade and a half. This collection includes an extraordinary memoir of Margulis' encounter with J. Robert Oppenheimer as well as provocative ideas on Gaia theory, symbiosis, individuality, and the way scientific research is conducted today
Atheist universe : the thinking person's answer to Christian Fundamentalism by David Mills( )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Clear, concise, and persuasive, Atheist Universe details exactly why God is unnecessary to explain the universe and life's diversity, organization, and beauty. The author thoroughly rebuts every argument that claims to "prove" God's existence -- arguments based on logic, common sense, philosophy, ethics, history and science. Atheist Universe avoids the esoteric language used by philosophers and presents its scientific evidence in simple lay terms, making it a richly entertaining and easy-to-read introduction to atheism. A comprehensive primer, it addresses all the historical and scientific questions, including: Is there proof that God does not exist? What evidence is there of Jesus' resurrection? Can creation science reconcile scripture with the latest scientific discoveries? Atheist Universe also answers ethical issues such as: What is the meaning of life without God? It's a spellbinding inquiry that ultimately arrives at a controversial and well-documented conclusion"--Publisher's description
Into the cool : energy flow, thermodynamics, and life by Eric D Schneider( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Scientists, theologians, and philosophers have all sought to answer the questions of why we are here and where we are going. This natural basis of life has proved elusive, but in Into the Cool, Eric D. Schneider and Dorion Sagan look for answers in a surprising place: the second law of thermodynamics. This second law refers to energy's inevitable tendency to change from being concentrated in one place to becoming spread out over time. Although the second law is usually and correctly associated with molecular chaos - and thus with aging, loss, and death - Schneider and Sagan show that it is also vital to life and complexity; it is behind evolution, ecology, economics, and even life's origin. More observable than divine caprice, more real than computer simulations, and more basic than natural selection is the organizing, complexity-giving power of the second law." "Working from the precept that "nature abhors a gradient," Into the Cool details how complex systems emerge, enlarge, and reproduce in a world tending toward disorder. From hurricanes here to life on other worlds, from human evolution to the systems humans have created, this pervasive pull toward equilibrium governs life at its molecular base and at its peak in the elaborate structures of living complex systems."--Jacket
Garden of microbial delights : a practical guide to the subvisible world by Dorion Sagan( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gives information on where to find and cultivate microbial organisms
Cracking the aging code : the new science of growing old---and what it means for staying young by Josh Mitteldorf( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A revolutionary examination of why we age, what it means for our health, and how we just might be able to fight it. In Cracking the Aging Code, theoretical biologist Josh Mitteldorf and award-winning writer and ecological philosopher Dorion Sagan reveal that evolution and aging are even more complex and breathtaking than we originally thought. Using meticulous multidisciplinary science, as well as reviewing the history of our understanding about evolution, this book makes the case that aging is not something that "just happens," nor is it the result of wear and tear or a genetic inevitability. Rather, aging has a fascinating evolutionary purpose: to stabilize populations and ecosystems, which are ever-threatened by cyclic swings that can lead to extinction. When a population grows too fast it can put itself at risk of a wholesale wipeout. Aging has evolved to help us adjust our growth in a sustainable fashion as well as prevent an ecological crisis from starvation, predation, pollution, or infection. This dynamic new understanding of aging is provocative, entertaining, and pioneering, and will challenge the way we understand aging, death, and just what makes us human."--
Biospheres : metamorphosis of planet Earth by Dorion Sagan( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes the beginnings of the reproduction of Mother Earth that sheds new light on the planetary place of the human species
What is sex? by Lynn Margulis( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring numerous full-color photos and illustrations, this book examines the evolutionary history of sexual reproduction. From the thermodynamic underpinnings of sex to the beginnings of human society's decoupling of sex and reproduction, the authors write in a popular science mode on reproduction in species from humans to insects and bacteria to peacocks
Dazzle gradually : reflections on the nature of nature by Lynn Margulis( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays covering a variety of scientific topics including the nature of technology to the human body, evolution, and ecology
Notes from the Holocene : a brief history of the future by Dorion Sagan( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Draws on the principles of philosophy and science to explore the question of man's existence on Earth
Lynn Margulis : the life and legacy of a scientific rebel by Dorion Sagan( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tireless, controversial, and hugely inspirational to those who knew her or encountered her work, Lynn Margulis was a scientist whose intellectual energy and interests knew no bounds. Best known for her work on the origins of eukaryotic cells, the Gaia hypothesis, and symbiogenesis as a driving force in evolution, her work has forever changed the way we understand life on Earth. When Margulis passed away in 2011, she left behind a groundbreaking scientific legacy that spanned decades. This book gathers together the voices of friends and colleagues to remark on her life and legacy, in essays that cover her early collaboration with James Lovelock, her fearless face-off with Richard Dawkins during the so-called Battle of Balliol at Oxford, the intrepid application of her scientific mind to the insistence that 9/11 was a false-flag operation, her affinity for Emily Dickinson, and more. Margulis was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1983, received the prestigious National Medal of Science in 1999, and her papers are permanently archived at the Library of Congress. Margulis was named one of the twenty most influential scientists alive, one of only two women on this list, which include such scientists as Stephen Hawking, James Watson, and Jane Goodall
Biospheres from earth to space by Dorion Sagan( Book )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the earth biosphere as a closed ecological system and tells how humans are developing small-scale biospheres to allow them to live in space
The global sulfur cycle( Book )

5 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leben : vom Ursprung zur Vielfalt by Lynn Margulis( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in German and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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What is life?
Alternative Names
Dorion Sagan amerikanesche wëssenschaftlechen Auteur

Dorion Sagan escritor, ensaista e teórico da ciencia estadounidense

Dorion Sagan escritor, ensaysta y teórico de la ciencia estadounidense

Дорион Саган

Դորիոն Սագան

סגן, דוריון

დორიონ სეიგანი ამერიკელი სამეცნიერო მწერალი

세이건, 도리언 1959-

セーガン, ドリオン


English (199)

German (5)

French (1)

What is life?Origins of sex : three billion years of genetic recombinationAcquiring genomes : a theory of the origins of speciesUp from dragons : the evolution of human intelligenceSlanted truths : essays on Gaia, symbiosis, and evolutionAtheist universe : the thinking person's answer to Christian FundamentalismInto the cool : energy flow, thermodynamics, and lifeGarden of microbial delights : a practical guide to the subvisible world