Cosmos is based on Carl Sagan’s famous television series by the same name. This edition has hundreds of illustrations, most of...
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Cosmos is based on Carl Sagan’s famous television series by the same name. This edition has hundreds of illustrations, most of which were never published before. Told with Sagan’s unique and incredible ability to make scientific ideas both understandable and exciting, Cosmos is about science in its comprehensive human context, and how science and civilization grew up together. The book fascinatingly recounts those spacecraft missions that were aimed at discovering nearby planets, and talks about the human brain, the research in the ancient Library of Alexandria, Egyptian hieroglyphs, the origin of life, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies and the origins of matter, and other suns and worlds. Sagan retraces cosmic evolution that has occurred over billions of years and how it has transformed matter into life and consciousness, enabling the cosmos to know and wonder about itself. He also talks about the relentless search of man for life elsewhere in the space and how we might establish communication with the beings of other worlds. Sagan looks at our planet from an extra-terrestrial vantage point and sees a blue jewel-like world that he calls 'the pale blue dot', inhabited by a life-form that is just starting to discover the purpose of its own existence and aims to venture out into space.
About Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan is unarguably one of the greatest ambassadors of humanity known for their remarkable contributions towards science. Sagan is perhaps better known for creating a perspective for our species beyond all boundaries of geography, politics and our own place in this universe. Though he was a brilliantly talented astronomer, astrophysicist and cosmologist, working in those areas which are generally considered to belong to an elite set of intellectuals, Sagan brought them all to the common man's backyard by adding a unique universal perspective to it. Remembered for his golden plaque idea on the Voyager spacecraft, which is now floating in the outskirts of Solar System carrying humanity's message, Sagan, with his thought of 'Pale Blue Dot', reminded us to contemplate on the purpose our being here. Playing a major role in several planetary missions for NASA, he was an exceptional source of inspiration in Astrobiology and SETI research.
He was probably one of the very few achievers who won both Pulitzer Prize and Emmy awards for their works. Honoured with NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal and several other distinguished accolades, Carl Sagan took popularizing science among the masses to a new stratosphere through his TV series called Cosmos. Though he spent most of his career as a Professor at Cornell University, Carl Sagan could easily be considered as a faculty of humanity. Some of his other notable books are The Demon-Haunted World, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, The Varieties of Scientific Experience, and Billions & Billions.
|Author||Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan|