What A book !,
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This review is from: Cosmos: The Story of Cosmic Evolution, Science and Civilisation (Paperback)
What a book !
This is the ultimate science popularizing book. I have rarely read something more entertaining, clear, enthusiastic, intelligent, instructive, etc than this book.
I am not going to lie, I am a big fan of Carl Sagan and have now read a little dozen of his books.
This book touches everything. connects many subjects and make sens of it all.
History, ancient Ionian Greek science, planetology, cosmology, etc. everything is in this book. Of course, not in details but enough to make you an apprentice philosopher.
Sagan is to my knowledge unmatched for his prose and pedagogy. The way he explain the most complicated things is wonderful.
Sagan has a talent for connecting things together and make sense of disparate subjects. he is a wonderful popularizer and really make people wonder and want to read more.
Although on the negative side, the book may date a bit. I remember reading about Sagan talking of the future: sending a rover to mars for example which has been done since few years now.
Other examples on cosmology showed that the book is outdated.
Overall probably the perfect book to have on a deserted island.