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Cosmos has 13 heavily illustrated chapters, corresponding to the 13 episodes of the Cosmos television series. In the book, Sagan explores 15 billion years of cosmic evolution and the development of science and civilization. Cosmos traces the origins of knowledge and the scientific method, mixing science and philosophy, and speculates to the future of science. The book also discusses the underlying premises of science by providing biographical anecdotes about many prominent scientists throughout history, placing their contributions into the broader context of the development of modern science.

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. Sagan reiterates his position on extraterrestrial life—that the magnitude of the universe permits the existence of thousands of alien civilizations, but no credible evidence exists to demonstrate that such life has ever visited earth.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:384 pages

    Cosmos Reviews

  • Esther
    Dec 04, 2013

    Can I give this one ten stars? If I had a religion, I would be a Carl Saganian. Love him so much....

  • Huda Yahya
    Apr 15, 2016

    إن تأملنا أنفسنا من منظور كونيفإن كل واحد منا لا يقدر بثمنإن خالفك إنساناً في الرأي ، فدعه يعيشففي مائة بليون...

  • Samadrita
    Apr 29, 2016

    I wonder what Carl Sagan may have thought of 9/11 and the world in the new millennium, a strife-torn place which is being shaken up and shaken out every moment. I imagine the civil but slightly horrif...

  • Kalliope
    Apr 12, 2015

    The Star system in GR is absolutely inadequate for rating this book. Gosh, I should not use the term ‘absolutely’ for something in which everything orbits around relativity.Anyway, I think somethi...

  • Saud Omar
    Jun 24, 2015

    من مدونتي: ثمانون كتابا بحثا عن مخرج***لو كنت سوف أقرأ كتاب علمياً واحداً في حياتي, بل لو كنت سو...

  • Daniella
    Dec 04, 2013

    I'm not sure what I could possibly say about Cosmos that hasn't already been said by countless others in the 28 years since its publication, and likely in a far more intelligent and eloquent way than ...

  • rahul
    Feb 11, 2015

    A five stars to this book. Stars borrowed from skies that I witnessed when I was eight or maybe ten and would wake up early at pre-dawn, because that was the best time for star gazing after all. To re...

  • Bettie?
    Sep 07, 2016

    Re-visit 2016:1: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean: After an introduction by Ann Druyan, including the benefits of the end of the Cold War, Carl Sagan opens the program with a description of the cosmos a...

  • Z
    Aug 10, 2008

    Let's put it simply. Cosmos is required reading for everyone who lives on this planet. It will give you a sense of perspective that nothing else can -- no lofty ideology, no omniscient religion, no in...

  • Rob
    Dec 04, 2013

    A gorgeous book in every possible way. From the lush illustration and clever diagrams clear through to Sagan's lyrical and at times whimsical narrative, this is the science book for non-scientists. (A...

About Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan

in 1934, scientist Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. After earning bachelor and master's degrees at Cornell, Sagan earned a double doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1960. He became professor of astronomy and space science and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University, and co-founder of the Planetary Society. A great popularizer of science, Sagan produced th