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Old February 21 2014, 04:04 AM   #1
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Nerd of the Week Thread #1: Carl Sagan

NERD OF THE WEEK (#1): CARL SAGAN






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Carl Edward Sagan (/ˈsɡən/; November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences. His contributions were central to the discovery of the high surface temperatures of Venus, he also perceived global warming as a growing, man-made danger. However, he is best known for his contributions to the scientific research of extraterrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation. Sagan assembled the first physical messages that were sent into space: the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record, universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them.

He published more than 600 scientific papers[2] and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books. Sagan is known for many of his popular science books, such as The Dragons of Eden, Broca's Brain and Pale Blue Dot, and for the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which he narrated and co-wrote. The most widely watched series in the history of American public television, Cosmos has been seen by at least 400 million people across 60 different countries.[3] The book Cosmos was published to accompany the series. He also wrote the science fiction novel Contact, the basis for a 1997 film of the same name.

Sagan always advocated scientific skeptical inquiry and the scientific method, pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He spent most of his career as a professor of astronomy at Cornell University where he directed the Laboratory for Planetary Studies. Sagan and his works received numerous awards and honors, including the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the National Academy of SciencesPublic Welfare Medal, the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book The Dragons of Eden, and, regarding Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, two Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award and the Hugo Award.










Okay, fellow nerds! It's time to vote for the nerdiest public figure around (alive or dead).

Who fires up your bunsen burner? What makes your floating point null? Each week, we will choose from the nerdiest nerds who ever nerded, and you vote on them! At the end of some time or another, we'll do something about a march madness something, or perhaps not. That's quantum mechanics for you.

Here's how it works:

You vote on a scale of 1 to 5 pocket protectors. If you need to use a half, you can use a half (e.g., 3.5 Pocket Protectors). It can be through numbers, or pictograms, which I have generously provided below.

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Scale:
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5 = Highest

So, my fellow nerds? Who is your leader? Let's vote and find out!


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Old February 21 2014, 04:07 AM   #2
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Re: Nerd of the Week Thread #1: Carl Sagan

I vote 4 pockets.
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Old February 21 2014, 04:07 AM   #3
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Re: Nerd of the Week Thread #1: Carl Sagan

Five pocket protectors from me. Damn ... what I wouldn't have given to get my hands on his brain. He has inspired me. Billions and billions of times...
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Old February 21 2014, 04:08 AM   #4
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Re: Nerd of the Week Thread #1: Carl Sagan

FIVE Pocket Protectors.

I loved The Cosmos!
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Old February 21 2014, 04:09 AM   #5
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Re: Nerd of the Week Thread #1: Carl Sagan

Five pocket protectors and four Buckminsterfullerenes.

That man took it up a notch.
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Old February 21 2014, 04:11 AM   #6
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Three pp's. Never cared for his historical counterfactuals or the shape of his nose.
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Old February 21 2014, 04:14 AM   #7
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Down for me. No disrespect to a 5-pocket-protector-legend, but I like females.
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Old February 21 2014, 04:17 AM   #8
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Re: Nerd of the Week Thread #1: Carl Sagan

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Never cared for ... the shape of his nose.
Are you crazy? The nose is a perfect compliment for the eyebrows!
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Old February 21 2014, 04:17 AM   #9
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Re: Nerd of the Week Thread #1: Carl Sagan

Five pocket protectors. Bias goggles because childhood hero. The man is nothing short of a legend.
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Old February 21 2014, 04:19 AM   #10
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Re: Nerd of the Week Thread #1: Carl Sagan

5 out of 5, Sagan is the dreamiest.
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Old February 21 2014, 04:20 AM   #11
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Never cared for ... the shape of his nose.
Are you crazy? The nose is a perfect compliment for the eyebrows!
But the eyebrows are an insult. Too manly for true nerdliness.
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Old February 21 2014, 04:22 AM   #12
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Re: Nerd of the Week Thread #1: Carl Sagan

Can we at least agree on the way he rocks the turtlenecks?
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Old February 21 2014, 04:23 AM   #13
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Re: Nerd of the Week Thread #1: Carl Sagan

He did have a way with a turtleneck, there's no denying it.
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Old February 21 2014, 04:25 AM   #14
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Re: Nerd of the Week Thread #1: Carl Sagan

The man's teeth and groovy brown '70s turtlenecks were an integral part of my childhood watching PBS. Say what you want about his nose, but don't dis the choppers and fashions.

They were tight and outta sight.
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Old February 21 2014, 04:26 AM   #15
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I own a beige corduroy sports jacket because of him.
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