- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (11 Aug. 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349107033
- ISBN-13: 978-0349107035
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cosmos: The Story of Cosmic Evolution, Science and Civilisation Paperback – 11 Aug 1983
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So after many years straggling to learn English finally I read one of the masterpieces of a great mind. It is very well written and easy to read.
COSMOS is very inspiring book to anyone seek knowledge. I highly recommend to anyone in the world.
An enchanting and thought provoking book.
Andrew, Edinburgh, UK
Carl Sagen is the Man. It turns out that every popular science book I've ever read has been inspired by Cosmos. The stories, the facts, the language... it's all in here! I wasn't expecting much from a book so old but it left me feeling short changed by all the other books I'd read. Cosmos should be required reading, not a bibliographical note.
A contemporary news story, still running as I type, concerns the Voyager I spacecraft just now leaving the solar system. The fastest man-made object ever created; the farthest distance ever travelled; and then some. Carl Sagen actually worked on this very mission at NASA nearly 40 years ago. He writes about what it was like. What it actually means to leave the solar system. The clever engineering that made it possible. The dream that created it and what it means for all of us. In every chapter you're getting so much more than somebody's retelling of a story.
Cosmos is far more than a thrilling popular science read; it is a momentous achievement. Carl Sagen gives the Cosmos entire to the future of the Human Race.
While this book was published in 1980 to be a companion to the television series, there is nonetheless a certain timelessness about it. Many science texts (even general readers such as this) become dated fairly quickly. Yet this book remains a volume to which I refer time and again for its history, philosophy and insight into scientific method and personality.
This book more than anything provided the inspiration for me to study astronomy. While I did not take a degree in it (when I arrived at university I was informed that I had already studied more than their undergraduate curriculum provided; that I should take some physics and mathematics courses and then take a Master's degree later if interested--which may happen after the my current degree progress is completed), my interest in astronomy has remained strong and permeates many of my other interests, including my current work in theology and philosophy.
The visual presentation of this book is stunning. Pictures, particularly those from telescopes, space probes, and dramatic artistic renderings of phenomena not yet captured on film give a real feel for the subject.Read more ›
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My son wanted this book for Xmas so I ordered it for him. He is enjoying reading it.Published 18 days ago by Elaine Winter
A very wide-ranging description of the scientific history and intergalactic future of humanity, with wide ranging and highly specific discussions of certain... Read more
Bought for my Husband as he always wanted one as a child. He loves it.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting in parts but unless you have a genuine interest in the subject you probably won't be hooked the whole way through.Published 2 months ago by Jay
Just started reading it but it already looks great... Watching the original series as well.Published 2 months ago by HelloEarth