Cosmos by Carl Sagan

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Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.
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“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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About Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan was the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking and Voyager missions to the planets and briefed the Apollo astronauts before their flights to the Moon. He helped solve many mysteries in planetary science from the high temperature of Venus to the seasonal changes on Mars. For his unique contributions, he was awarded the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievment and for Distinguished Public Service (twice), as well as the Tsiolkovsky Medal of the Soviet Cosmonautics Federation, the John F. Kennedy Award of the American Astronautical Society and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Space Education.
Published July 6, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 365 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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The Guardian

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I never got to watch Carl Sagan's epic science documentary Cosmos as a child.

Aug 12 2009 | Read Full Review of Cosmos

BC Books

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The Cosmos: A Beginner’s Guide is a captivating six-part series, originally broadcast on the BBC.

Apr 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Cosmos

Entertainment Weekly

Famous for championing the existence of extraterrestrial life, Carl Sagan, who died in 1996 at 62, was the world's first celebrated ''media scientist'': His PBS astronomy series, Cosmos, drew half a billion viewers, and several of his books, including Contact, became best-sellers.

Nov 19 1999 | Read Full Review of Cosmos


"The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be," intones narrator-scientist Carl Sagan as a 13-week series begins.

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Columbia Journalism Review

People saw that Pluto was not among the planets and said, ‘Oh, that must be the movement of science, and okay, fine.’ Then a journalist from the Times overhears a woman looking for Pluto who couldn’t find it, and the reporter calls that in to the Science desk and they do the story with the headli...

Jan 02 2013 | Read Full Review of Cosmos

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