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This visually stunning book with over 250 full-color illustrations, many of them never before published, is based on Carl Sagan’s thirteen-part television series. Told with Sagan’s remarkable ability to make scientific ideas both comprehensible and exciting, Cosmos is about science in its broadest human context, how science and civilization grew up together.

The book also explores spacecraft missions of discovery of the nearby planets, the research in the Library of ancient Alexandria, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, the origin of life, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies and the origins of matter, suns and worlds.

Sagan retraces the fifteen billion years of cos-mic evolution that have transformed matter into life and consciousness, enabling the Cosmos to wonder about itself. He considers the latest findings on life elsewhere and how we might communicate with the beings of other worlds.

Cosmos is the story of our long journey of discovery and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science, including Democritus, Hypatia, Kepler, Newton, Huy-gens, Champollion, Lowell and Humason. Sagan looks at our planet from an extra-terrestrial vantage point and sees a blue jewel-like world, inhabited by a lifeform that is just beginning to discover its own unity and to ven-ture into the vast ocean of space.

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y stunning book with over 250 full-color illustrations, many of them never before published, is based on Carl Sagan’s thirteen-part television series. Told with Sagan’s remarkable ability to make scientific ideas both comprehensible and exciting, <b>Cosmos</b> is about science in its broadest human context, how science and civilization grew up together.<br><br>The book also explores spacecraft missions of discovery of the nearby planets, the research in the Library of ancient Alexandria, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, the origin of life, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies and the origins of matter, suns and worlds.<br><br>Sagan retraces the fifteen billion years of cos-mic evolution that have transformed matter into life and consciousness, enabling the Cosmos to wonder about itself. He considers the latest findings on life elsewhere and how we might communicate with the beings of other worlds.<br><br><b>Cosmos</b> is the story of our lon

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Nichanan Kesonpat
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A true pleasure and eye-opener
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2017
What a privilege and joy it was to have read this book. I made my way through it rather slowly because it was so packed full of historical anecdotes, scientific findings, and thought-provoking insights that I needed a break every chapter or so to let ideas mentally sink in.... See more
What a privilege and joy it was to have read this book. I made my way through it rather slowly because it was so packed full of historical anecdotes, scientific findings, and thought-provoking insights that I needed a break every chapter or so to let ideas mentally sink in. In 13 chapters, Dr Sagan gives us a glimpse into all scales of space and time. From the Big Bang to the formation of the stars and the Earth, through the painstaking evolutionary process that resulted in human beings, to millenia beyond our time where interstellar travel may be a viable means of commute. From quarks to complex molecules to planets, supernovae and black holes, to the idea of an infinite hierarchy of universes, all nested within one another.

This book is far beyond an ordinary astronomy general interest read. Its contents incorporate genetics, ancient history, chemical biology, sociology, religion, human psychology and philosophy... Dr Sagan weaves these realms together in the context of the Cosmos, and raises intriguing questions about hypothetical alternate turn of events as well as where we (humankind) go from here. He pays homage to the brilliant minds whose work and courage has contributed to our current technical capabilities. From Erastosthenes'' astute calculation of the Earth''s circumference, to Kepler’s observations, to Einstein''s special theory of relativity (and those in between: Huygens, Brahe, Newton, Champollion etc.), Sagan not only highlights their contribution, but discusses the societal circumstances that these individuals found themselves in. In doing so, he invokes a scrutiny of our current societal climate and behaviors. Are we doing our best to build and maintain a society that values the pursuit of knowledge over one that may eventually crumble under self-destructive greed? Are we investing an adequate amount of resources (both monetary and intellect) on constructive, self-preserving causes? Sagan goes as far as to compare government spendings on military weapons with scientific research funding, and demonstrates how far will have still to go before our loyalties are united not just within nation-states, but as a species of Planet Earth.

Dr Sagan’s intrigues are not limited to Western ways of thinking. Instead, he pays deep respect to the cultures, achievements, and creation myths around the world - this was done through anecdotes from ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Indian history as well as various tribal accounts. By doing so, he demonstrates that human intrigue has more in common than we may first assume. The early civilizations around the Earth, long before they knew of one another, independently devised theories about how we came to be based on their observations of the heavens. These were passed on to their descendants through subsequent generations ultimately resulting in what we may believe or know of today.

I wonder what Dr Sagan would have thought about the state of the world today… recent election results, SpaceX, virtual reality, artificial intelligence/machine learning, Kepler missions, CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, instability in the Middle East, the Higgs Boson… My guess is that he would simultaneously be alarmed that we are STILL arguing whether or not climate change is a problem, and amazed at our technological achievements with the internet and a legitimate goal to visit Mars. I would without a doubt recommend this book to everyone. A scientific degree is not necessary to fully appreciate the lesson and message that this book conveys. Dr Sagan’s literary style is not only comprehensible but so finely depicts his deep passion for the sciences that it is almost poetic. After having read the book, one could truly dwell on what we can do to unify ourselves as citizens of Planet Earth, with a mutual interest of survival, pursuit of interplanetary/interstellar travel and constant discovery of what our universe has to offer.
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Nojokes
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Cosmic and forever
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2018
An old fart now, I read this book when it first came out a BILLION, BILLION years ago. I was young then. We had to slay dinosaurs for food. I was a Marine sergeant at the time and forced my young charges to watch the PBS series once a week on the barrack''s TV. They loved... See more
An old fart now, I read this book when it first came out a BILLION, BILLION years ago. I was young then. We had to slay dinosaurs for food. I was a Marine sergeant at the time and forced my young charges to watch the PBS series once a week on the barrack''s TV. They loved it.
In a lot of ways, Carl Sagan shaped my life. I had always been interested in astronomy and cosmology. My first memory as a young child is seeing the Moon in the sky. As a junior in high school biology I read his book "The Cosmic Connection", my first introduction to Sagan. I was hooked.
I recently ordered this edition as a gift. I quickly read through it and was both relieved and dismayed that it hadn''t been updated. It appears to be the same book. I was glad that Sagan''s words hadn''t been (apparently) changed. I do think that Tyson and Druyan might have added chapters that would highlight discoveries made since Sagan''s death.
I can''t look at a picture of Mars or Jupiter without thinking of Carl Sagan. What would he have thought about the Cassini probe around Saturn, the Titan lander or New Horizons at Pluto? Uranus or Neptune? Or that his children have left the interplanetary domain and are now in interstellar space?
I reordered this book again for moi. Welcome home, Carl.
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whj
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such refrshing sanity, eloquence, and intelligence
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2017
I also watched the video of Cosmos as I was reading this book to enhance my understanding of the subject. I am very grateful for the author as well as all the people involved in making the series. The book is superbly written, eloquent, educational, persuasive, a plea for... See more
I also watched the video of Cosmos as I was reading this book to enhance my understanding of the subject. I am very grateful for the author as well as all the people involved in making the series. The book is superbly written, eloquent, educational, persuasive, a plea for knowledge and sanity, desperately lacking in our time of craziness and political and religions fanaticism. While I was reading, I couldn''t help but feeling conflicted--finding intelligence and solace in his intelligence and sagacious mind, and then tremendous fear of current state of affairs, repeating destructive history, propelled and justified by political and religious manipulations.
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Maynard M. Withrow
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Carl Sagan and Cosmos, STILL the best.
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2016
What can you say about this classic that hasn''t already been said and possibly over and over at that? For most persons, especially myself, this was their first introduction to Dr. Sagan''s work,especially the documentary on P.B.S. which we saw about every time it aired and... See more
What can you say about this classic that hasn''t already been said and possibly over and over at that? For most persons, especially myself, this was their first introduction to Dr. Sagan''s work,especially the documentary on P.B.S. which we saw about every time it aired and then when we found out there was a book we rushed to our local library to see if they had it and checked it out and renewed it numerous times! Other than that, it has been VERY difficult to find the original Cosmos in or near our local area. So, when I found this and checked it out to confirm this WAS the first edition I jumped on it! For an entire generation this (the book and the series) was our first and best introduction to astronomy, space exploration and the Universe as a whole and Man''s basic place in it from a single, reliable source. Again, what CAN you say about this classic?
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William G
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Still boggled.
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2016
Was hoping this book would really help me get a mental grip on how the universe works. He sure gave it a good try, but I guess it''s time for me to admit that it''s so far over my head that I just ain''t ever going to get there. I dropped one rating star due to maybe a little... See more
Was hoping this book would really help me get a mental grip on how the universe works. He sure gave it a good try, but I guess it''s time for me to admit that it''s so far over my head that I just ain''t ever going to get there. I dropped one rating star due to maybe a little too much astronomy and astrology history, although at least I did understand that part. And also because it is now going on 35 years old, so maybe getting a little dated. I will however, be forever indebted to him for his wonderful PBS TV series which lit in me the desire to learn as much as I''m capable of about the cosmos. Thanks Carl.
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Just My Opinion....
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Because EVERYONE loves Carl Sagan! Paperback copy is great.
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2017
Bought this as a gift for a twelve-year-old girl who had just finished reading the school copy and LOVED it. It''s a good size (not as big as the original hardcover, but more portable...it''s only a little bigger than the last Harry Potter books). This is a dense book for... See more
Bought this as a gift for a twelve-year-old girl who had just finished reading the school copy and LOVED it. It''s a good size (not as big as the original hardcover, but more portable...it''s only a little bigger than the last Harry Potter books). This is a dense book for facts and information, but it''s laid out so that you don''t need to be an astrophysics wonk in order to enjoy it. You do need to be interested in the universe, though.

The colour photos are great and it''s almost impossible to find a good-quality hardcover copy these days for less than a bank loan.

If a kid is into this instead of the vacuousness black hole of the social media nightmare, I''m happy to pay for a new copy!!
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jlwmdd
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The book was brand new.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2021
First, the condition of the book. Even though the book was packaged in a bag, it looked like it just came off the presses. I have only read the introduction and some other articles in the front of the book as well as the first 2 pages of the book by Carl Sagan. I just... See more
First, the condition of the book. Even though the book was packaged in a bag, it looked like it just came off the presses. I have only read the introduction and some other articles in the front of the book as well as the first 2 pages of the book by Carl Sagan. I just finished a book by Louis L''Amour, so this book is a step away from my western novels. I also like to read science fiction, so I am hoping this book will tie into those books, i.e., Isaac Asimov, Heinlein, and many others.
Thanks to the author, the publisher, and the many people and companies that stood behind Dr. Sagan''s book.
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Roy McCullough
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Sagan takes the reader on an amazing journey
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020
Forty years after its initial publication, "Cosmos" remains a classic. Sagan takes the reader on an amazing journey aimed at exploring Man''s place in the Cosmos. The scope of the book is truly breathtaking, ranging easily from the intricate mysteries of DNA, to the very... See more
Forty years after its initial publication, "Cosmos" remains a classic. Sagan takes the reader on an amazing journey aimed at exploring Man''s place in the Cosmos. The scope of the book is truly breathtaking, ranging easily from the intricate mysteries of DNA, to the very frontiers of the Universe and beyond, from the evolution of the human brain to the life cycles of the stars, from the likelihood of encountering alien interstellar civilizations, to the likelihood of the human race ending in a final act of nuclear self-destruction. It is an impressive achievement and a wonderful read.
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Aby
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Take care to buy the new edition with COLOR pictures inside
Reviewed in India on September 5, 2017
To buy the new edition, search for ''cosmos neil degrasse tyson''. Amazon mistakenly thinks that the author of the new edition is Neil deGrasse Tyson (he only wrote a foreword for the new edition). It has a set of color pictures and the paper quality is good. Publisher:...See more
To buy the new edition, search for ''cosmos neil degrasse tyson''. Amazon mistakenly thinks that the author of the new edition is Neil deGrasse Tyson (he only wrote a foreword for the new edition). It has a set of color pictures and the paper quality is good. Publisher: Ballantine Books. I bought it.
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DomTH
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Avoid the paperback, buy the hardback with the illustrations
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 22, 2020
The paperback has horrid, unreadable text, which is clearly supposed to be supported by colour illustrations. Buy a secondhand original hardback edition: it’s a larger size, an easier read and supported by over 250 full colour images. The same issue exists with Kenneth...See more
The paperback has horrid, unreadable text, which is clearly supposed to be supported by colour illustrations. Buy a secondhand original hardback edition: it’s a larger size, an easier read and supported by over 250 full colour images. The same issue exists with Kenneth Clark’s book based on his Civilisation TV show.
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S P Mead
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awesome
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 11, 2016
This is an epic tale - exploring, understanding and describing the Universe in its entirety. This book is a delight to read, and it succeeds in making science lively and engaging. The book was first published in 1983, as a tie-in to the TV documentary series Carl Sagan''s...See more
This is an epic tale - exploring, understanding and describing the Universe in its entirety. This book is a delight to read, and it succeeds in making science lively and engaging. The book was first published in 1983, as a tie-in to the TV documentary series Carl Sagan''s Cosmos [DVD] [1980]. Both book and series follow the same general structure - and both are concerned with illuminating the nature of the cosmos. Sagan writes majestically, explaining otherwise complex issues and problems in a manner that makes them far more easily comprehensible. Everything from the origins of the universe to the formation of galaxies, from the processes that build planets to the evolution of life, is discussed eloquently. Sagan describes the cosmos in an imaginative way, drawing-in the reader and retaining attention throughout. This is as far away as possible from a ''dry'' scientific text ... instead it entices the reader''s fascination and clearly shows the cosmos for what it truly is: awesome. This is the perfect book for anyone who''s interested in finding out more about physics, cosmology, astronomy and astrobiology. It''s a fantastic introductory book, and is suitable for both adults and older teenagers. I''ve read through it a few times, and it''s my favourite ''science'' book. I highly recommend it.
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Sandeep
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Better version at cheaper price available
Reviewed in India on May 18, 2017
This edition by Abacus is of poor quality.I returned it and bought same book by Ballentine books. The Ballentine book version is an absolute delight with superb paper quality and print. I recommend Ballentine book version. Buy it by searching for Neil degrasse.
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Chris W
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Poor copy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 23, 2020
No images, poor formatting like an original''s been scanned and reprinted. Not the original edition. Requested a refund from Amazon.
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