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Cosmos Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1985

4.8 out of 5 stars 2,065 ratings

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Cosmos was the first science TV blockbuster, and Carl Sagan was its (human) star. By the time of Sagan's death in 1996, the series had been seen by half a billion people; Sagan was perhaps the best-known scientist on the planet. Explaining how the series came about, Sagan recalled:

I was positive from my own experience that an enormous global interest exists in the exploration of the planets and in many kindred scientific topics--the origin of life, the Earth, and the Cosmos, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, our connection with the universe. And I was certain that this interest could be excited through that most powerful communications medium, television.

Sagan's own interest and enthusiasm for the universe were so vivid and infectious, his screen presence so engaging, that viewers and readers couldn't help but be caught up in his vision. From stars in their "billions and billions" to the amino acids in the primordial ocean, Sagan communicated a feeling for science as a process of discovery. Inevitably, some of the science in Cosmos has been outdated in the years since 1980--but Sagan's sense of wonder is ageless. --Mary Ellen Curtin

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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

Product details

  • Grade level : 3 - 7
  • Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
  • Mass Market Paperback : 324 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0345331359
  • Product dimensions : 4.2 x 1.01 x 6.89 inches
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (October 12, 1985)
  • Reading level : 8 - 12 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 2,065 ratings

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1.0 out of 5 stars Take care to buy the new edition with COLOR pictures inside
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
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1.0 out of 5 stars Better version at cheaper price available
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2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the paperback, buy the hardback with the illustrations
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read the book - but also get the DVD for the total effect
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