Cosmos: The Story of Cosmic Evolution, Science and Civilisation

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Cosmos: The Story of Cosmic Evolution, Science and Civilisation

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It moves to a description of the environment of Venus, from the previous fantastic theories of people such as Immanuel Velikovsky to the information gained by the Venera landers and its implications for Earth's greenhouse effect. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, and Voyager spacecraft expeditions to the planets, for which he received the NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. The best-selling science book ever published in the England language, COSMOS is a magnificent overview of the past, present, and future of science. Sagan explores 15 billion years of cosmic evolution and the development of science and civilization. The book covers a broad range of topics, comprising Sagan's reflections on anthropological, cosmological, biological, historical, and astronomical matters from antiquity to contemporary times.

As for the content he reads, lets just say I am saddened that Carl Sagan died before I ever knew who he was. As the title of this review implies, this book should be read by all those who can read and are inhabitants of the known universe.Sagan received the Pulitzer Prize and the highest awards of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation, and many other awards, for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment. For the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he was an adviser on the Mariner, Voyager, and Viking unmanned space missions, and he briefed astronauts for journeys to the moon. In 1994, RCA Records reissued the original soundtrack compilation on compact disc and, in 2002, reissued it on its Collectables label (RCA 07863 54003-2 USA; Collectables COL-CD-6293 USA). He introduces other discussions and areas without you as the listener noticing until you realise - hey what's that was interesting.

Carl Sagan was Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. It was published in 1980 as a companion piece to the PBS mini-series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage with which it was co-developed and intended to complement. Sagan also believed the television was one of the greatest teaching tools ever invented, so he wished to capitalize on his chance to educate the world.

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. Carl Sagan was the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University; Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; and the cofounder and President of the Planetary Society, the largest space-interest group in the world. It is a worthwhile purchase, but I recommend you watch both video productions of "Cosmos" as a precursor to purchasing this one.

The book was published in 1981, which puts it in a time frame with two other ground-breaking popular science books: The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins and A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkins.

This book made me fall in love with physics, which - as I always hated science at school - is no mean feat. I have rarely read something more entertaining, clear, enthusiastic, intelligent, instructive, etc than this book. He appeared on many television programs, wrote a regular column for Parade, and worked to continually advance the popularity of the science genre.

As a big fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson's recent documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which honors Carl Sagan's original work from 1980, I was excited to listen to Sagan's companion book - now available in audio for the first time. Centuries later, re-discovery of the writings of the free-thinking Greek philosophers helps inspire participants in the Scientific Revolution, which led to the development of the Copernican principle – the philosophical implications of which Sagan explores. While some of the more theoretical content in this book is now considered fact or debunked, Cosmos contains a fountain of knowledge about our universe. For people just getting introduced to astronomy it is still close enough to present views of the universe to give a good introduction and understanding. Then something pops up that makes you realize the actual date of the book (such as when he refers to a NASA mission scheduled for 1982).It also ushered in a dramatic increase in visibility for science books, opening up new options and readership for the previously fledgling genre. The content is more up to date but many still prefer the older Sagan version with less reliance on CGI. David Whitehouse of the British Broadcasting Corporation went so far as to say that "there is not a book on astronomy – in fact not one on science – that comes close to the eloquence and intellectual sweep of Cosmos.

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