The Varieties of Scientific Experience takes the notes and audio transcripts of a lecture Carl Sagan gave back in the 80s. While much of the science has progressed and the fear of Cold War/nuclear war is mostly averted, the power of science’s prescient ability are apparent. He crafts a wonderful world-view for us to challenge and employ and carefully defines humanities role, balancing itself on a precipice of discovery and/or destruction. The work ends with a Q&A session where we get a feel for Sagan’s personality and communicative abilities. While Sagan is approachable and open, he remains truly honest and unwilling to be tricked.
A quick-read that offers high-reward, I obviously recommend it.