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5.0 out of 5 stars For Everyone
In his book, Dr. Sagan takes the reader on a tour of the universe and a ride through time that belittles our existence but at the same time reveres it. But Dr. Sagan does not forget who he is writing for. One of the ideas behind the unbelievably popular companion tv show of Cosmos was that the general public is more interested in and capable of understanding science...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
I guess I did not read the fine print close enough! I was hoping on a larger "coffee-table-sized" edition. However, the photos and diagrams are at the back and still enjoyable. Cool book that arrived at the same time the Cosmos TV series was airing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important books ever written, Oct. 20 1998
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Amazing.....every person in the world with the slightest tug of interest in science or their environment MUST read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, Oct. 3 1997
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Mr. Sagan's Cosmos....I have the same thing
to say about it as the others here. It changed my
life. Thank you Carl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, June 7 1999
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"Cosmos" and "The Bible According to Einstein" are my two favorite books about the universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bets Book Ever!, June 14 1997
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This book is "Brilliant" and wondeful a must read! Carl Sagan is one of the Best scientists of our Time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book, Aug. 17 2014
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Love this book. Carl Sagan has such an endearing way of talking about scientific stuff, and it makes sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lays the groundwork, Nov. 25 2001
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For anyone who doesn't have a clue about space or the planets, this book will definitely help you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good episodes, March 2 2003
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R. Kramp (Parow East South Africa) - See all my reviews
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I liked this series on television. It showed 3 times. However, the last 2 repeats included updates at the end of a few episodes, like the ones about Venus and Mars. This book excludes those updates. (It's probably the same with other editions, and the video/DVD sets.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Science For Dummies, Sept. 18 2002
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Bill R. Moore (New York, USA) - See all my reviews
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Carl Sagan, with this remarkable book and its like-named television series, introduced millions of people to the wonders of science. The 13-part series, which has now been seen by over half a billion people, aside from introducing many people to science, was also enormously influential - can one imagine the success of the modern Discovery Channel and its ilk (actual 24-hour science networks) without Sagan? Hardly. Undoubtedly, many of the leading figures in science today would credit Sagan with introducing them to the field in the first place. Perhaps even more importantly, however, Sagan did that incredible, seemingly almost impossible thing: he interested the average layman in science. Whether he was a "real" (whatever that means) scientist or not, as some refuse to concede, is totally beside the point: what he accomplished was monumental, and he should be given the credit he deserves. Many supposedly open-minded individuals would keep science esoteric and its knowledge among the hands of an elite few; Sagan not only pointed out why this is wrong, but also devoted his life to vigorously seeing that it never became so. This book is remarkable in that it explain many difficult and far-reaching concepts in relatively simple terms that most people will be able to understand - and even enjoy. Unlike many college textbook authors, Sagan, for the most part, keeps his personal biases out of the writing, and he rarely gets overly technical. This is truly a book that all can enjoy. There are many photographs and quotes strewn throughout the book as well, to pep up interest in the text. This is a great general, all-around book on science for the layman: truly a "Science For Dummies." And, unfortunately, this book is often pigeonholed as a book solely on astronomy (the section in which you're likely to find it at bookstores), but don't let the title fool you: this book at least touches on all the major aspects of science, as well as quite a bit of history. Evolution is given a clear and concise overview, genetics is more than touched upon - and Sagan even induldges in a bit of the social sciences. However, the book, unfortunately, does grow less interesting towards the end, where Sagan uses the text to push his own agendas (radio astronomy, later the basis of his excellent science fiction novel, Contact; and a dated plea for peace in the nuclear arms race, which, though commendable and worthy, now smacks a little too highly of Cold War paranoia.) All in all, though, this is an excellent, highly interesting, and immensely readable book that works very well as introduction to the science (in particular, astronomy) for the common man, as well as guiding him towards that all-important virtue: open-mindedness. Along with Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and some (unfortunately) long-out-of-print books from Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov, this is perhaps the best type book of its kind. Highly reccommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fine introduction, but...., July 18 1999
This review is from: Cosmos (Mass Market Paperback)
Sagan's "Cosmos" is a fine generalization of the different elements and processes that drive our universe. Yet, the book (like all other books) is only a step in our development as human beings, and should not be revered too greatly. Like the religious scriptures' biases toward mystery and metaphysics, "Cosmos" expresses all the prejudices and assumptions of a biologist: in summa, one who wishes to be truthful must read the book critically (Note, for example, Sagan's belief in evolution by natural selection).
For serious scientific understanding, one would be best studying the disciplines' origins and histories, through their primary sources: the Ionian philosphers, the Arab astronomers, Renaissance authors, Einstein's explanation of Special and General Relativity, and so forth. This will take energy (which most folks are too lazy to exert), but the intellectual and spiritual rewards are ample.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Starting Point of Astronomy as a Public Interest, June 24 2010
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Even though some of the materials have become dated, one would have to label this text as being a 'classic'. Carl Sagan had an easily understood and flowing writing style that opened up the field of cosmology for a huge mass of people. He easily works together the big bang, Darwinian evolution and astronomy into a well received package. While he never claims to be the originator of these ideas, he certainly saw himself as being their upfront and fluent spokesman.

That being said there are a few issues I have, in retrospect, of this book. First and foremost, it sadly seems that the fervor about the 'space race' that was quite evident thirty years ago has lost its luster. Many of Sagan's projected space explorations and experiments have yet to come to fruition and, furthermore, they don't appear to be on our event horizon any time soon. The American public has a long history of becoming bored very easily and the exploration of space is no exception. Other factors that have lead to the delaying of space exploration has been the numerous downturns in the economy and the focus of a nation that finds itself more predisposed to the waging of wars than the pursuit of knowlege. Secondly I take umbrage with Sagan's promotion of atheism as the ultimate belief system. I would not enjoy reading a text whereas the author's final conclusion is that Genesis 1 is completely factual. Nor I do not enjoy reading an author whose ultimate conclusion is that our lives are solely based on random events either. A great deal can be said without becoming theological in the process.
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