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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 Thought provoking Book, Sept. 23 1998
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This review is from: Cosmos (Mass Market Paperback)
This books is very informative and braoden the perspective and mind of the reader. Very well written in simple language. Worth reading book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carl Sagan was an amazingly intelligent individual. Watched the television program and really enjoyed, Oct. 24 2014
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it was very interesting. Carl Sagan was an amazingly intelligent individual. Watched the television program and really enjoyed it
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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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This review is from: Cosmos (Paperback)
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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This review is from: Cosmos (Mass Market Paperback)
"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 review is from: Cosmos (Mass Market Paperback)
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
This review is from: COSMOS (Hardcover)
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
This review is from: Cosmos (Mass Market Paperback)
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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This review is from: Cosmos (Hardcover)
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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