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Random House, 1980 - Political Science - 365 pages
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, Cosmos is 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. Cosmos is 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.

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In a single sentence, this is a balm in book form for an existential crisis. I was feeling lost and confused in this painful universe and searching for something on the order of magnitude of religion ... Read full review

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This book will make you appreciate how amazing it is to even be alive. Disregard the age of the book and science. Let Sagan's words fill you with knowledge, hope, and wonder. By far my favorite Non ... Read full review


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A respected planetary scientist best known for outside the field for his popularizations of astronomy, Carl Sagan was born in New York City and educated at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in 1960 and has several early scholarly achievements. One was the experimental demonstration of the synthesis of the energy-carrying molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in primitive-earth experiments. Another was the proposal that the greenhouse effect explained the high temperature of the surface of Venus. More recently, Sagan was one of the driving forces behind the mission of the U.S. satellite Viking to the surface of Mars. He also has been part of a team that investigated the effects of nuclear war on the earth's climate - the "nuclear winter" scenario. Sagan's role in developing the "Cosmos" series, one of the most successful series of any kind to be broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System, and his book The Dragons of Eden (1977) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978.

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