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Cosmos

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By (author) Carl Sagan, Foreword by Neil Degrasse Tyson, Introduction by Ann Druyan

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  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Format: Paperback | 396 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 204mm x 28mm | 460g
  • Publication date: 10 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0345539435
  • ISBN 13: 9780345539434
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, figures
  • Sales rank: 2,347

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RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX "Cosmos" is one of the bestselling science books of all time. 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. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan's collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, "Cosmos" retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science. Praise for "Cosmos" "Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary style, and a range that touches almost all aspects of human knowledge, "Cosmos" often seems too good to be true."--"The Plain Dealer" "Sagan is an astronomer with one eye on the stars, another on history, and a third--his mind's--on the human condition."--"Newsday" "Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its suggestions . . . shimmers with a sense of wonder."--"The Miami Herald" "Sagan dazzles the mind with the miracle of our survival, framed by the stately galaxies of space."--"Cosmopolitan" "Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated."--"The New York Times Book Review"

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Carl Sagan served as the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo spacecraft expeditions, for which he received the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and (twice) for Distinguished Public Service. His Emmy- and Peabody-winning television series, "Cosmos, " became the most widely watched series in the history of American public television. The accompanying book, also called "Cosmos, " is one of the bestselling science books ever published in the English language. Dr. Sagan received the Pulitzer Prize, the Oersted Medal, and many other awards--including twenty honorary degrees from American colleges and universities--for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment. In their posthumous award to Dr. Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his "research transformed planetary science . . . his gifts to mankind were infinite." Dr. Sagan died on December 20, 1996.

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"Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary style, and a range that touches almost all aspects of human knowledge, "Cosmos" often seems too good to be true."--"The Plain Dealer" "Sagan is an astronomer with one eye on the stars, another on history, and a third--his mind's--on the human condition."--"Newsday" "Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its suggestions . . . shimmers with a sense of wonder."--"The Miami Herald " "Sagan dazzles the mind with the miracle of our survival, framed by the stately galaxies of space."--"Cosmopolitan" "Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated."--"The New York Times Book Review"