“In exchange for freedom of inquiry, scientists are obliged to explain their work. If science is considered a closed priesthood, too difficult and arcane for the average person to understand, the dangers of abuse are greater. But if science is a topic of general interest and concern — if both its delights and its social consequences are discussed regularly and competently in the schools, the press, and at the dinner table — we have greatly improved our prospects for learning how the world really is and for improving both it and us.”
– Carl Sagan, Broca’s Brain, 1979
- Have contributed mightily to the public understanding and appreciation of science.
- Be a resident of one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties.
- Have a history of accomplishment in scientific research.
The Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization is generously underwritten by Wonderfest’s Patrons and Donors. Every one of those thoughtful benefactors helps to “enlarge the concept of scientific community” through Wonderfest’s Sagan Prize.
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