Cosmos is a popular science book by astronomer and Pulitzer Prize- winning author Carl Sagan. Its 13 illustrated chapters, corresponding to the Cosmos has 13 heavily illustrated chapters, corresponding to the 13 episodes of the Cosmos television series. In the book, Sagan explores 15 billion years of. RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan.
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This visually stunning book with over full-color illustrations, many of them never before published, is based on Carl Sagan's thirteen-part television series. CARL SAGAN Cosmos CONTENTS Introduction 1 The Shores of the Cosmic . The Cosmos television series and this book represent a hopeful experiment in. His book transformed my view of what non-fiction writing could be, exploded my horizons and This is what Carl Sagan's Cosmos did to me.
Psychology and Evolution: 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 million people in over sixty countries, and the accompanying book spent seventy weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.
Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence in , 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 From the Hardcover edition. To take a possibility, and create countless possibilities. To be curious, to question. To look at things with not just your eyes. To be looked back from an infinite distance, with your own eyes.
To the journeys we could take each night, only if we gave ourselves the chance to. To Pause. To realize that this moment ephemeral as it is, and only one among a multiple of possible moments,still IS. View all 15 comments.
Aug 10, Z rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Absolutely everybody. Let's put it simply. Cosmos is required reading for everyone who lives on this planet.
It will give you a sense of perspective that nothing else can -- no lofty ideology, no omniscient religion, no inspiring quotations can explain things quite as clearly as Carl Sagan's treatise on science, reality, and the nature of things in this universe.
Mind-bending and dazzling, and best of all, uncluttered by confusing scientific terminology. A book worthy of all the positive superlatives I can think of b Let's put it simply. A book worthy of all the positive superlatives I can think of bestowing on it.
We have held the peculiar notion that a person or society that is a little different from us, whoever we are, is somehow strange or bizarre, to be distrusted or loathed. Think of the negative connotations of words like alien or outlandish.
And yet the monuments and cultures of each of our civilisations merely represent different ways of being human. An extraterrestrial visitor, looking at the differences among human beings and their societies, would find those differences trivial compared to the similarities.
The Cosmos may be densey populated with intelligent beings. But the Darwinian lesson is clear: There will be no humans elsewhere. Only here. Only on this small planet. We are a rare as well as an endangered species. Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious.
If a human disagrees with you, let him live. Carl Sagan was a good writer. For a scientist, his prose had a literary style that is enjoyable to read, and he injected a sense of philosophy into his passionate account of the origins and marvels of the cosmos.
I do find that the delivery was quite heavy-handed in trying to instill that sense of awe and wonder into the reader. What made it even more so was the narrator whose intonation carries a quality of breathless resonance. The arrangement of the subject matter also seemed a bit haphazard Carl Sagan was a good writer. The arrangement of the subject matter also seemed a bit haphazard in my view. I couldn't help comparing this book to a favourite of mine - A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson which was organised, concise, informative, and very entertaining.
Regardless, Cosmos is still a good primer to read for those who are interested in learning more about the universe and our world before venturing into more recent writings from the likes of Stephen Hawkings may he rest in peace and Neil deGrasse Tyson. View all 7 comments. Nov 23, Joseph rated it it was amazing Shelves: Science is changing the way we see the universe at a rapid pace. Black holes, gravity waves, Higgs boson, and dark matter were mathematical theories a generation ago.
Today they are reality. Popular science television shows can teach the public about quantum theory but anything over ten years old is pretty much out of date. How can a publication on general science over thirty-five years out of date be relevant in the world today? It depends on who and how the story is told.
Carl Sagan possesse Science is changing the way we see the universe at a rapid pace. Carl Sagan possessed a quality that that was very inclusive. He spoke with a sage-like wisdom and in a way that Buddhist monk would speak, but without the riddles -- Here is what I have and I wish to share it with you. Sagan foremost was human and looked at things in a very human way. The story of science, our understanding of the cosmos, is, of course, our view as humanity.
Cosmos covers the beginning of the universe, life on earth, the rise of man, and what man has accomplished. The Library at Alexandria was an ancient high point. Knowledge was willingly destroyed.
Mankind rose and fought discovering science. Man excelled in launching Voyager space probes but failed in the nuclear build up of the Cold War which was still in full force while this book was being written. Cosmos remains as interesting relevant after thirty-five years and will likely remain relevant in another thirty-five. Cosmos remains a book about science and a book about mankind and his quest for knowledge as well the suppression of knowledge. But, there is hope. As Sagan said: On this shore, we've learned most of what we know.
Recently, we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us.
We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. View all 3 comments. Re-visit The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean: After an introduction by Ann Druyan, including the benefits of the end of the Cold War, Carl Sagan opens the program with a description of the cosmos and a "Spaceship of the Imagination" shaped like a dandelion seed.
Eratosthenes' attempt to calculate the circum Re-visit Eratosthenes' attempt to calculate the circumference of Earth leads to a description of the ancient Library of Alexandria. Finally, the "Ages of Science" are described, before pulling back to the full span of the Cosmic Calendar.
One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue: Sagan discusses the story of the Heike crab and artificial selection of crabs resembling samurai warriors, as an opening into a larger discussion of evolution through natural selection and the pitfalls of the theory of intelligent design.
Among the topics are the development of life on the Cosmic Calendar and the Cambrian explosion; the function of DNA in growth; genetic replication, repairs, and mutation; the common biochemistry of terrestrial organisms; the creation of the molecules of life in the Miller-Urey experiment; and speculation on alien life such as life in Jupiter's clouds.
Sagan discusses comets and asteroids as planetary impactors, giving recent examples of the Tunguska event and a lunar impact described by Canterbury monks in It moves to a description of the environment of Venus, from the previous fantastic theories of people such as Immanuel Velikovsky to the information gained by the Venera landers and its implications for Earth's greenhouse effect. The Cosmos Update highlights the connection to global warming. Blues for a red planet: The episode, devoted to the planet Mars, begins with scientific and fictional speculation about the Red Planet during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries H.
It then moves to Robert Goddard's early experiments in rocket-building, inspired by reading science fiction, and the work by Mars probes, including the Viking, searching for life on Mars.
The episode ends with the possibility of the terraforming and colonization of Mars and a Cosmos Update on the relevance of Mars' environment to Earth's and the possibility of a manned mission to Mars. Traveller's Tales: The journeys of the Voyager probes is put in the context of the Netherlands in the seventeenth century, with a centuries-long tradition of sailing ship explorers, and its contemporary thinks such as Constantijn Huygens and his son Christian.
Their discoveries are compared to the Voyager probes' discoveries among the Jovian and Saturn systems. In Cosmos Update, image processing reconstructs Voyager's worlds and Voyager's last portrait of the Solar System as it leaves is shown. Definitely need an up-to-date version with all that has been discovered since this was published in View 2 comments.
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. A peak into the Cosmos. Sagan is a poet-scientist, he uses beautiful metaphors and aphorisms that are never too far from what an ordinary person can grasp. The style is lucid.
Building on the works of geniuses who introduced us to this fascinating, mind boggling universe of ours. Kepler gave us the laws of planetary motion. Laws that not just explained the elliptical orbit of Earth, but inspired a generation of mathematicians and physicists to inquire further into the nature and behaviour of the heavenly bodies. A world so strange, complex and inaccessible has been made fascinating, understandable and rather accessible by the works of men and women who devoted their lives to Science and Cosmos.
A world that is far more rich and awe-inspiring than the meagre and myth-ridden fairytales that we content ourselves with. We settle for too little.
He admits that as a child, he spent hours contemplating about the possibility of intelligent life on other planets. Although our search for intelligent life has been a failure even on Earth , Sagan aspires to make contact with the dwellers of distant worlds. Space travel and Alien Contact are not stuff of science fiction anymore but a possibility in waiting.
The concluding chapters touch on two matters of colossal significance, namely Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change. These two man-made disasters are a ticking time bomb that can obliterate our species, and we have done precious little to stop them. We are destroying this planet, poisoning our oceans and destroying Specie after specie for centuries now.
Man is without a doubt the most deadly predator in the history of Earth Life. And now we are on the path to self-annihilation. And this book is a wakeup call. A world ridden with ignorance and greed, will need to forego the idiotic bliss of being certain about everything.
A good question is often times more educating than its answer. How can we love this world if we are awaiting an apocalypse, how can we love our environment and its safe keepers, the plants and the animals, without recognising that they are our distant cousins.
Life, wherever it exists on this planet, is our kin. And we are bullying, butchering and asphyxiating it everywhere. What a shame! This is the kind of book that we must read and re-read. A book we must gift our children on their 12th birthdays. Because Carl Sagan does more than just educate you about the wonders of Science and the Universe; he makes you fall in love with it.
Jun 09, Lewis Weinstein rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wonderful perspectives, marvelous photos and drawings, beautifully written Cosmos has stood the test of time yes, that's a pun I have read several books on this topic in preparation for a course at Oxford on Cosmology Oct 28, Mohammed rated it it was amazing.
Apr 27, Deb rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No One. This book was my bible when I was an enemy of God. As a stubbornly devout atheist, this was the book I turned to for justification of my proud and arrogant rejection of my Creator.
Instead of reading this pile of conjecture, I recommend reading the Holy Bible then get on your knees and repent before the holy God who gave you life and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your lawlessness and sin. View all comments. As a child, I was fascinated and mesmerised by our world. It looked so huge, so full of wonders. The world, the Earth, waited to be discovered and I had a long life ahead of me to do that. Then, in teenage years, I already knew all there was to know about life, people, the Earth and the Universe.
Nobody could tell me any better. The new source of wonder had become love — falling in love, finding the purpose in another human being, the complete m As a child, I was fascinated and mesmerised by our world. The new source of wonder had become love — falling in love, finding the purpose in another human being, the complete merging of body and soul.
Once I entered the world of adults, I realised that I knew nothing. I strived for a higher purpose which, it turned out, was extremely hard to find in between a daily job that gives you no thrill, the same four walls you hide behind every night, and the usual faces that say the same words day in day out. The mundanity and routine that sustain a human life make it really hard to notice this same life.
And then I started to seek answers, cosmic answers. Suddenly, it feels like a meteorite has hit my little planet. I feel like a child again! I feel in love again! I feel my senses being heightened and my pulse rushing.
Carl Sagan made me feel like a scientist. For I have made a wonderful discovery - the nutrient of my little earthly life is curiosity — no step for the Cosmos, one giant leap for the cosmic speck of dust that I am. I could talk for hours about how beautiful and captivating I found Cosmos to be. It made me crave knowledge of the unknown.
It made my underdeveloped imagination burst with colourful visions. It made my stunted mind race. I savoured every word, embraced every idea. I guess for someone who has read a lot on the subject I look like a newly hatched chicken, struggling to make its first steps. I have been intimidated by physics and chemistry all my life and now it is time to catch up. My gut tells me that Sagan is not right in completely rejecting astrology, the occult or religion, but I choose to trust him because he has managed to put into simple words concepts that have scared away so many people for so long.
His narrative voice is the perfect combination of a bright mind and humility. It is subtle and guiding, not patronizing. It is human and it is humane — it makes you believe you can understand and dream beyond the boundaries of your own mind.
Sagan was a great scientist, but I think his greatest achievement is that he made science accessible and interesting to his fellow human beings. His venture to bring the Cosmos closer to humans might eventually pay off in helping bring humans closer to the Cosmos. I feel ashamed that my review of this monumental work revolves around my little nichtigkeit, but, after all, even the biggest galaxies are made of the smallest particles.
Jan 27, Rob rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A gorgeous book in every possible way. From the lush illustration and clever diagrams clear through to Sagan's lyrical and at times whimsical narrative, this is the science book for non-scientists. And if you are a scientist, may this be a lesson in how to tell your story. Sagan makes the astronomy and the math and the mind-boggling complexity of the universe not only comprehensible but palatable.
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