Cosmos Author Carl Sagan Book ✓ 384 pages

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Reader Ë Cosmos Author Carl Sagan ´ Carl Sagan 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 scienceThe book covers a broad range of topics comprising Sagan's reflections on anthropo If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewFlexible Belts Cosmos by Carl SaganOriginal Review 1980 11 17A lot of talk has been going on about the flaws in Carl Sagan's COSMOS series These flaws center on either Sagan's unusual speaking style and acting? abilities or the show's contents I certainly agree that he looks stupid when displaying the awed look; however the complaints about the content of his shows are not justified Yes he is short on reasons and long on visual effects and yes he talks as if the viewer did not know the obvious What we are all forgetting is this the average person doesn't know what we would consider obvious We should realize that Carl Sagan has his work cut out for him making science digestible for the average person

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Cosmos Author Carl Sagan Book ✓ 384 pages Ü [EPUB] ✺ Cosmos Author Carl Sagan – 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 scien Cosmos has hea Logical cosmological biological historical and astronomical matters from antiuity 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 Let's put it simply Cosmos is reuired 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 inspiring uotations can explain things uite as clearly as Carl Sagan's treatise on science reality and the nature of things in this universe Mind bending and dazzling and best of all uncluttered by confusing scientific terminology A book worthy of all the positive superlatives I can think of bestowing on it We have held the peculiar notion that a person or society that is a little different from us whoever we are is somehow strange or bizarre to be distrusted or loathed Think of the negative connotations of words like alien or outlandish And yet the monuments and cultures of each of our civilisations merely represent different ways of being human An extraterrestrial visitor looking at the differences among human beings and their societies would find those differences trivial compared to the similarities The Cosmos may be densey populated with intelligent beings But the Darwinian lesson is clear There will be no humans elsewhere Only here Only on this small planet We are a rare as well as an endangered species Every one of us is in the cosmic perspective precious If a human disagrees with you let him live In a hundred billion galaxies you will not find another Carl Sagan Cosmos

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Cosmos Author Carl SagCosmos 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 I wonder what Carl Sagan may have thought of 911 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 horrified and slightly bemused tone he may have employed while talking about the Ira and Afghanistan wars and the antics of the Bush administration which have become such excellent fodder for stand up comedians the world over And I can almost detect the note of boyish enthusiasm in his voice while he may have spoken of the Higgs Boson and explained the reasons behind the incorrect observation readings of the 'neutrinos being speedier than light particles' experiment that had made the headlines a few years agoI can only imagine because he wasn't there to witness these watershed events and he isn't here to offer comment criticism or share his inexhaustible repository of knowledge with us any longer His time in the Cosmos had run out within two decades of the publication of this work a testament to his own belief in the staggering inferiority of our evanescent lifetimes in the scheme of the universes Our familiar universe of galaxies and stars planets and people would be a single elementary particle in the next universe up the first step of another infinite regress It would be nice if I could summarize each one of the 13 chapters of 'Cosmos' and give readers the lowdown on our painstakingly slow but rewarding crawl through the fabric of space and time the civilizational hurdle race towards a finish line which we can neither begin to envision nor fully comprehend yet I could write a review in the conventional format leaving you with a gentle nudge to read this book as soon as you canOr instead I could simply write about how despite being than 30 years outdated Carl Sagan's voice of reason rings truer than ever cutting through the heart of all the din and chaos of our troubled times I could just tell you how Sagan's deep and abiding love for nature and humanity reverberates in every page of this work and how our scientific endeavours across timelines and geographical boundaries across the unending void which surrounds us on all sides symbolize our collective pursuit of knowledge There is no other species on Earth that does science It is so far entirely a human invention evolved by natural selection in the cerebral cortex for one simple reason it works It is not perfect It can be misused It is only a tool But it is by far the best tool we have self correcting ongoing applicable to everything It has two rules First there are no sacred truths; all assumptions must be critically examined; arguments from authority are worthless Second whatever is inconsistent with the facts must be discarded or revised The Cold War is a now defunct appendage of our history the Soviet Union is no America has achieved a milestone in its race relations by welcoming its first African American President But turmoil in the world order persists the nuclear arms race between the Americans and the Soviets has been replaced by a newer dance of dominance in the Asia Pacific region The world is as much embroiled in a mesh of steadily growing list of challenges as it was in the past if not Preposterous decrees issued by fanatical outfits blatant human rights violations infringement on freedom of speech and expression diplomatic arm wrestling the ever enthusiastic decriers of science 'War on Women' the shouts of the global warming deniers reign supreme still The players may have changed faces but the game of petty one upmanship in the arena of global politics still continues unabatedWhich is why Sagan's rousing call for all of mankind to unite under the identity of citizens of the Cosmos and not as citizens of a nation moves me to the core of my being His recapitulation of our scientific advancements achieved against the tide of adverse circumstances of the victories won in the face of persecution by religious authority impresses upon us a sense of urgency that with the exponential increase in the defense budgets of the global powers the incentive given to the greatest minds of our times to devote time and energy to unraveling the mysteries of the Cosmos is reduced As the concept of 'nuclear deterrence' receives a pat on the back the global arms sales numbers continuing to soar despite hollow promises of arms control and scientists are being engaged in improving weapons technology rather than validating the fact of our existence against the intimidating presence of the stars galaxies and universes The NASA budget cuts of recent times are proof of this ignominyIs it to this end that the ancient advanced cities like Alexandria the destroyed civilizations of Ionia and the Aztecs and pioneers such as Eratosthenes Democritus Aristarchus Hypatia Leonardo da Vinci Copernicus Galileo Johannes Kepler Tycho Brahe Christiaan Huygens Issac Newton and Albert Einstein worked tirelessly for? To further intensify mutual national antagonism and increase our probability of complete self annihilation?Sagan thinks not Our loyalties are to the species and the planet We speak for the Earth Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos ancient and vast from which we spring This is why I can't help but agree uite heartily with someone who says 'If I had a religion I would be a Carl Saganian' If a human disagrees with you let him live In a hundred billion galaxies you will not find another If there is only one worldly diktat we must abide by with unuestioning faith let it be this one