By Carl Sagan
RETURNING TO tv AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX
Cosmos is among the bestselling technology books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan finds a jewel-like blue international inhabited by means of a existence shape that's simply commencing to observe its personal identification and to enterprise into the monstrous ocean of area. that includes a brand new advent by means of Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, complete colour illustrations, and a brand new Foreword via astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that experience reworked topic into cognizance, exploring such themes because the foundation of existence, the human mind, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the dying of the sunlight, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and people who helped to form smooth science.
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“Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary sort, and a spread that touches just about all features of human wisdom, Cosmos frequently turns out too strong to be true.”—The simple Dealer
“Sagan is an astronomer with one eye at the stars, one other on historical past, and a third—his mind’s—on the human condition.”—Newsday
“Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its feedback . . . shimmers with a feeling of wonder.”—The Miami Herald
“Sagan dazzles the brain with the miracle of our survival, framed via the stately galaxies of space.”—Cosmopolitan
“Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated.”—The ny occasions booklet Review
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Acknowledgments Appendix 1: Reductio ad Absurdum and the Square Root of Two Appendix 2: The Five Pythagorean Solids For Further Reading INTRODUCTION The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject … And so this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them … Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced.
The dried fig And the apricot! …” Because thou hast said this, O worm, May Ea smite thee with the might of His hand! ) Its treatment: Second-grade beer … and oil thou shalt mix together; The incantation thou shalt recite three times thereon and shalt put the medicine upon the tooth. Our ancestors were eager to understand the world but had not quite stumbled upon the method. They imagined a small, quaint, tidy universe in which the dominant forces were gods like Anu, Ea, and Shamash. In that universe humans played an important if not a central role.
Because science is inseparable from the rest of the human endeavor, it cannot be discussed without making contact, sometimes glancing, sometimes head-on, with a number of social, political, religious and philosophical issues. Even in the filming of a television series on science, the worldwide devotion to military activities becomes intrusive. Simulating the exploration of Mars in the Mohave Desert with a full-scale version of the Viking Lander, we were repeatedly interrupted by the United States Air Force, performing bombing runs in a nearby test range.