“…Reverse-engineering one of the greatest minds of all time by his information diet.
“Success,” concluded this 1942 anatomy of inspiration, “depends on sufficient knowledge of the special subject -
- and a variety of extraneous knowledge to produce new and original combinations of ideas.”
Few are the heroes of modern history more “successful” and inspired than the great Carl Sagan -
- and his 1954 reading list, part of his papers recently acquired by the Library of Congress – speaks to precisely this blend of wide-angle, cross-disciplinary curiosity and focused, in-field expertise..”
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