Cosmos by Carl Sagan

By Carl Sagan

RETURNING TO tv AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX

Cosmos is without doubt one of the bestselling technology books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan finds a jewel-like blue global inhabited by means of a lifestyles shape that's simply starting to detect its personal id and to enterprise into the titanic ocean of area. that includes a brand new creation through Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, complete colour illustrations, and a brand new Foreword via astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that experience remodeled topic into awareness, exploring such themes because the beginning of existence, the human mind, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the loss of life of the solar, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and people who helped to form glossy science.

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“Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary kind, and a variety that touches just about all elements of human wisdom, Cosmos frequently turns out too reliable to be true.”The simple Dealer
 
“Sagan is an astronomer with one eye at the stars, one other on heritage, and a third—his mind’s—on the human condition.”Newsday
 
“Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its feedback . . . shimmers with a feeling of wonder.”The Miami Herald
 
“Sagan dazzles the brain with the miracle of our survival, framed via the stately galaxies of space.”Cosmopolitan
 
“Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated.”The ny occasions e-book Review

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Most have companions. Systems are commonly double, two stars orbiting one another. But there is a continuous gradation from triple systems through loose clusters of a few dozen stars to the great globular clusters, resplendent with a million suns. Some double stars are so close that they touch, and starstuff flows between them. Most are as separated as Jupiter is from the Sun. Some stars, the supernovae, are as bright as the entire galaxy that contains them; others, the black holes, are invisible from a few kilometers away.

Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. : Quote from The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis. , Oxford. Copyright © 1960 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. The University of Oklahoma Press: Excerpt from Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiché Maya, by Adrian Recinos, 1950. Copyright © 1950 by the University of Oklahoma Press. Reprinted by permission of the University of Oklahoma Press. For Ann Druyan In the vastness of space and the immensity of time, it is my joy to share a planet and an epoch with Annie.

At this writing it has an estimated worldwide viewing audience of over 200 million people, or almost 5 percent of the human population of the planet Earth. It is dedicated to the proposition that the public is far more intelligent than it has generally been given credit for; that the deepest scientific questions on the nature and origin of the world excite the interests and passions of enormous numbers of people. The present epoch is a major crossroads for our civilization and perhaps for our species.

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