12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I have yet to see a popular science show to rival Cosmos in terms of enjoyment, scope and importance.
I believe it's Carl Sagan's audacity to drive the entire series alone, rather than relying on expert interviews for in-depth sections, that makes Cosmos special. This allows him to keep a consistant pace and mood throughout the series.
There are probably very few who could possibly get away with this like Carl Sagan did, by combining an incredible width and depth of knowledge, experience, story-telling proficiency and pure love and fascination for science, the universe and the evolution of life - and unapologetically sharing all this with the viewer.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
If you are looking to this book to get you updated on some current ideas and issues regarding genetic research in a somewhat entertaining way, by all means read it - especially if you are already used to Crichton's style of writing. If you are looking for a literary masterpiece, look elsewhere.
Crichton does do his research, and while you have to take his opinions with a grain of salt, his books are never short on facts. His ability to build gripping storylines and believable character descriptions is a bit lacking, though.
In this book, several disjoint storylines, each one illustrating its own rather obvious point, are woven together near the end in a rather… Read more