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Cosmos

by Carl Sagan

Random House Publishing Group | October 12, 1985 | Mass Market Paperbound

Cosmos is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.
The best-selling science book ever published in the English language, COSMOS is a magnificent overview of the past, present, and future of science. Brilliant and provocative, it traces today's knowledge and scientific methods to their historical roots, blending science and philosophy in a wholly energetic and irresistible way.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.89 × 4.2 × 1.01 in

Published: October 12, 1985

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345331354

ISBN - 13: 9780345331359

Found in: Astronomy

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind-blowing Although the content is several decades old, the impact it gives the reader transcends the time. Reading Cosmos made me think of the universe in an entirely different light. Written in a lyrical, plain-English manner, Cosmos is the book that is based on the long-running television series of the same name. It popularised modern science for the layman, and changed the face of science forever. The book itself is a gem of a read, hard to put down and even harder to forget. Carl Sagan was incredible. This book will continue to keep his legacy strong, following in the footsteps of many greats like Kepler, Einstein, and Pythagoras. Even if you're not a huge fan of science, I strongly urge everyone and anyone to read this book. It will change your perspective on everything!
Date published: 2009-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning and Brilliant Carl Sagan explores the most wondrous aspects of human curiosity in this fascinating book. Mr. Sagan's incredible realm of knowlege touches on astronomy, history, literature, biology, and sociology to name a few. He explores the nature of our species and our role in the cosmos throughout the book. While the organization of the book could use some work, this is an indispensable addition to the library of the inquiring mind.
Date published: 2001-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cosmos In this book Carl Sagan explores the evolution of Science and the envolvement of the cosmos. Sagan tries to answer the age old question: Are we alone in the universe? As we keep reading, the book is more of a statement on humans and our self-destructive powers. This is a terrific book for the beginner scientist who doesn't have much background in mathematics and physics but would like to learn. I found this book to be very simple and beside the point. Sagan could have explored more indepth the wonders of the cosmos.
Date published: 2001-03-26

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Cosmos

by Carl Sagan

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.89 × 4.2 × 1.01 in

Published: October 12, 1985

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345331354

ISBN - 13: 9780345331359

About the Book

The best-selling science book ever published in the English language, COSMOS is a magnificent overview of the past, present, and future of science. Brilliant and provocative, it traces today's knowledge and scientific methods to their historical roots, blending science and philosophy in a wholly energetic and irresistible way.

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Chapter IThe Shores of the Cosmic OceanThe first men to be created and formed were called the Sorcerer of Fatal Laughter, the Sorcerer of Night, Unkempt, and the Black Sorcerer . . . They were endowed with intelligence, they succeeded in knowing all that there is in the world. When they looked, instantly they saw all that is around them, and they contemplated in turn the arc of heaven and the round face of the earth . . . [Then the Creator said]: “They know all . . . what shall we do with them now? Let their sight reach only to that which is near; let them see only a little of the face of the earth! . . . Are they not by nature simple creatures of our making? Must they also be gods?”—The Popol Vuh of the Quiché MayaThe known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land.—T. H. Huxley, 1887The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us—there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and bra
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The best-selling science book ever published in the English language, COSMOS is a magnificent overview of the past, present, and future of science. Brilliant and provocative, it traces today's knowledge and scientific methods to their historical roots, blending science and philosophy in a wholly energetic and irresistible way.

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The best-selling science book ever published in the England language, COSMOS is a magnificent overview of the past, present, and future of science. Brilliant and provocative, it traces today's knowledge and scientific methods to their historical roots, blending science and philosophy in a wholly energetic and irresistible way.

About the Author

Carl Sagan was the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University; Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; and the cofounder and President of the Planetary Society, the largest space-interest group in the world. For the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he was an adviser on the Mariner, Voyager, and Viking unmanned space missions, and he briefed astronauts for journeys to the moon. His Peabody Award-winning public television series, Cosmos, has been seen by more than 500 million people in over sixty countries, and the accompanying book spent seventy weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. The author of thirty books, Sagan was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence in 1978, and his novel Contact, is now a major motion picture.

In their posthumous award to Dr. Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his research transformed planetary science ... his gifts to mankind were infinite.


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Editorial Reviews

“Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary style, and a range that touches almost all aspects of human knowledge, Cosmos often seems too good to be true.”The Plain Dealer

“Sagan is an astronomer with one eye on the stars, another on history, and a third—his mind’s—on the human condition.”Newsday

“Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its suggestions . . . shimmers with a sense of wonder.”The Miami Herald

“Sagan dazzles the mind with the miracle of our survival, framed by the stately galaxies of space.”Cosmopolitan

“Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated.”The New York Times Book Review

Employee Review

For anyone interested in learning and understanding the universe in which we live, this is an essential read. In his unique and approachable style, Sagan breaks down the cosmos and explains it in a way that guarantees to captivate. I would recommend this title to any one with any interest in the stars and everything above and beyond us.