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Cosmos was the first science TV blockbuster, and Carl Sagan was its (human) star. By the time of Sagan's death in 1997, the series had been seen by half a billion people; Sagan was perhaps the best-known scientist on the planet. Explaining how the series came about, Sagan recalled:
I was positive from my own experience that an enormous global interest exists in the exploration of the planets and in many kindred scientific topics--the origin of life, the Earth, and the Cosmos, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, our connection with the universe. And I was certain that this interest could be excited through that most powerful communications medium, television.
Sagan's own interest and enthusiasm for the universe were so vivid and infectious, his screen presence so engaging, that viewers and readers couldn't help but be caught up in his vision. From stars in their "billions and billions" to the amino acids in the primordial ocean, Sagan communicated a feeling for science as a process of discovery. Inevitably, some of the science in Cosmos has been outdated in the years since 1980--but Sagan's sense of wonder is ageless. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary style, and a range that touches almost all aspects of human knowledge, Cosmos often seems too good to be true.”—The Plain Dealer
“Sagan is an astronomer with one eye on the stars, another on history, and a third—his mind’s—on the human condition.”—Newsday
“Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its suggestions . . . shimmers with a sense of wonder.”—The Miami Herald
“Sagan dazzles the mind with the miracle of our survival, framed by the stately galaxies of space.”—Cosmopolitan
“Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated.”—The New York Times Book Review
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author of "Our Brown-Eyed Boy"
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.
Indeed, look at us now:
....for with steady hands, the biologists are splicing and dicing in our genetic kitchens. Shuffling DNA like a deck of cards, they hybridize our fauna and flora, changing and accelerating their evolution. They extract silk from the udders of goats, make plants intolerant to insects, and they build electronic circuits and cure diseases using viruses, which they also engineer to become our friends, not our foes. With confidence and pride in who we are, we are poised to make copies of ourselves, and choose our progeny's phenotype with ease.Tapping on our keyboards, we blast our way through an enormity of DNA strings, finding similarities of our genes with other lifeforms, and discovering our genetic kinship with all life on Earth. What makes us so can now be put on disk: we can now carry our genome in our pocket.
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Classic text for the series.
Great read for all ages.
Still relevant today.
Carl Sagan is a hero of mine. A great read, even if you have already watched the old tv series by the same name, I would still pick up a copy of this.Published 3 months ago by Michael Ralston
I love this book, I'm gonna read it couple of times. Excellent work.Published 5 months ago by Ali Behrouzian
Can't believe it took me so long to read this. Brilliant book!Published 5 months ago by Faduma Abdi
If you haven't read this book, you, my friend, ARE A BI7CH.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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