The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias name the perimeter ring of the Hemisfèric the 'Carl Sagan Ring'

Nov 29, 2006

 The General manager of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Jorge Vela, the Director of the Museo de las Ciencias, Manuel Toharia and the writer Ann Druyan, main collaborator and widow of Carl Sagan, today presided over the ceremony in which the Perimeter Ring of the Hemisfèric was renamed the “Carl Sagan Ring”.
The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias name the perimeter ring of the Hemisfèric the 'Carl Sagan Ring'

 

In this way, the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias pays tribute to a famous astronomer, on the tenth anniversary of his death, to “one of the best scientific educators, a great scientist and world leader in making science a fundamental element in global culture, ideas that the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias has always defended”.

Ann Druyan, who was the script writer of the famous Carl Sagan television series “Cosmos” and producer of the film “Contact”, based on the only novel that this United States scientist wrote, apart from other outstanding works, said that she felt “overwhelmed by the honour that a venue as great as the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and which shares the educational mission that guided the life of Carl Sagan bestows upon his career”.

The writer will today, Wednesday, at 8 p.m. participate in a round table conference entitled “Without science, there is no culture”, together with the director of the Museo de las Ciencias, Manuel Toharia, Ramón Núñez, Director of Museos Científicos Coruñeses, and Miguel Ángel Sabadell, science editor of Muy interesante.

Conference “Flight from paradise: science as a well-founded cult”

In addition, tomorrow, Thursday 30th November, Ann Druyan will be signing books from 6 p.m. in the Hemisfèric and then at 8 p.m. will address the conference “Flight from paradise: science as a well-founded cult”, in which she will talk about “how our civilisation is being afflicted with antiscientific tendencies rooted in our oldest myth, given that whilst our society increasingly depends on science and high technology, the consequences of those ancient fears are potentially becoming more severe. This was the main focus for Carl Sagan and I throughout the twenty-two years of our collaboration” said the writer.

Ann Druyan was the creativity director of the Voyager Interstellar Message (NASA) project. Her twenty years of collaboration with Carl Sagan produced books such” Comet, shadows of forgotten ancestors” and “The varieties of scientific experience: a personal view of the search for God”, the Warner Bros. film “Contact”, winner of the Peabody and Emmy Awards, as well as innumerable articles and conference papers. Moreover, she directed the Cosmos 1 project programme for launching the first solar spaceship and has been co-author of the planetarium shows “Passport to the Universe, narrated by Tom Hanks and Search for Life... Are we alone?, narrated by Harrison Ford, and broadcast throughout the world.