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This visually stunning book with over 250 full-color illustrations, many of them never before published, is based on Carl Sagan's thirteen-part television series. Told with Sagan's remarkable ability to make scientific ideas both comprehensible and exciting,Cosmosis about science in its broadest human context, how science and civilization grew up together. The book also explores spacecraft missions of discovery of the nearby planets, the research in the Library of ancient Alexandria, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, the origin of life, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies and the origins of matter, suns and worlds. Sagan retraces the fifteen billion years of cos-mic evolution that have transformed matter into life and consciousness, enabling the Cosmos to wonder about itself. He considers the latest findings on life elsewhere and how we might communicate with the beings of other worlds. Cosmosis the story of our long journey of discovery and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science, including Democritus, Hypatia, Kepler, Newton, Huy-gens, Champollion, Lowell and Humason. Sagan looks at our planet from an extra-terrestrial vantage point and sees a blue jewel-like world, inhabited by a lifeform that is just beginning to discover its own unity and to ven-ture into the vast ocean of space.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1980
ISBN: 9780394502946
Branch Call Number: 520 Sag br 1 85 ha 25.00
520 Sag gr 1 83 ha 31.00
520 Sag cl 1 80 ha 25.00
520 Sag li 1 85 ha 22.95
Characteristics: xvi, 365 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: Cosmos (Television program)


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Jun 14, 2019

Read this all those years ago and watched some of the TV series in my youth. Reading it again recently I found it just a brilliant if not better given my more mature and experienced mind as compared to when I read it as a young adult. It is a true philosophical journey through the fabric of the cosmos and humanity.

Apr 12, 2018

The book veers wildly from chapter to chapter, and even in some chapters he gets a bit off topic, but always with excitement, wonder, and enthusiasm, which infects the reader (may we always be so infected!). The writing is clear, and even sometimes flowery.

Jul 09, 2017

this book by carl sagan is a fantastic informative book. Well worth reading. He was a genius.

Nov 17, 2016

A must read by a true visionary.

Sep 27, 2015


Jun 27, 2014

Some other titles by Carl Sagan: .... “The Dragons of Eden : Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence” Random House, 1977 .... Ballantine Books, Reprint edition, 1986, pbk, ... ISBN-10: 0345346297 .... ISBN-13: 978-0099514121 ..........”Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” Ann Druyan (co-author) ... Random House, 1992 .... Ballantine Books, 1993, pbk ISBN-10: 0345384725 .... ISBN-13: 978-0345384720 ....... “Broca's Brain : Reflections on the Romance of Science” .. Random House, 1979, ... Ballantine Books, Reprint edition, 1986, pbk, ... ISBN-10: 0345336895 ..... ISBN-13: 978-0345336897 .....”Comet” ... with Ann Druyan ... Random House, 1985

Jun 12, 2012

I mentioned this title in the review series "Literary Counterparts":

Aug 27, 2011

a must read for all ages!!! very well written by a great man

Jun 09, 2007

Still one of the best introductions to science around. (How can you have Cosmos without the music from the series, though???)

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