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Cosmos: The Story of Cosmic Evolution, Science and Civilisation Paperback – 11 Aug 1983
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This book made me fall in love with physics, which - as I always hated science at school - is no mean feat. It looks at everything from ancient Egypt to the possibility of alien life. Pop science at its best
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The Ballentine book version is an absolute delight with superb paper quality and print. I recommend Ballentine book version. Buy it by searching for Neil degrasse.
I purchased this book aftet being mesmerized by the Cosmos tv series.This book is packed with almost everything you will want to know about the Almighty's creation,the Universe.
And yes I would suggest everyone to go for the Ballantine Books edition.It is the best and to add it to your cart just follow these simple steps---
Click on Format option,then click on Mass Paperback edition,then click on paperback option again and you will get the Ballantine book in your cart which printed in USA and has colorful pictures too.Bye buddies!
While science may not have solved all our queries yet - and raises as many demons as it lays to rest - it makes genuine, continuous efforts to arrive at the Truth. Armed with science, we humans have started exploring all around us. From the microcosmic wonders of atoms to the mega marvels of Universe, science has lifted many veils and shown us things beyond our limited understanding. Scientists like Carl Sagan have played an important role in lifting those veils, not only by their direct contribution to the sciences, but also through their ability to communicate such esoteric wisdom to the masses, to laymen that are keen on understanding their surroundings but limited in their ability to do so.
Books like ‘The Origin of Species’ remain special, not just because they tell us about groundbreaking discoveries, but also due to their telling it in a language that we, the laypersons, can understand. While ‘Cosmos’ by Carl Sagan may not be as earth-shattering as ‘The Origin of Species’, it is special by its own right. Written nearly four decades ago, co-developed with a television series of the same name, this book was produced with the idea of popularizing the sciences, especially astronomy, among the masses. To the uninitiated but curious mind, this book is the ideal beginning into the wonderous realms of the cosmos. This book is to the budding astronomer what the alphabets and the arithmetic are to the young child.
From the ancient budding of scientific thoughts at the Ionian islands to the then-latest launching of space missions like Voyager-2, Carl Sagan takes each stage in the evolution of science as we know it, elaborates on the circumstances prevailing at those times, enumerates important contributions by various scientists. The real fun is his doing all this in an interesting, pacey manner, without letting the reader feel bored even once. After helping us navigate the unimaginably vast expanse of our Universe and showing us the wonders of our solar system, stars, planets, galaxies and the bleak black holes along the way, Sagan ends the book with philosophical musings on the future of mankind on this nuclear era and the possibilities of our encountering extra-terrestrial intelligence.
This is not just a book on astronomy. Burgeoning with interesting details on history, evolution, atomic science and mathematics, this is one complete book that every mind passionate about learning must possess.
I find that if you have some knowledge of physics, this book would be more helpful. It does deal with many important questions very well, but at times, the explanations are somewhat stretched (although these may be helpful for people with less understanding of physics). Towards the end, there are some, estimates and calculations done with some assumed figures for which I did not find a much suitable explanation (for assuming those numbers).
I found it an interesting read for another reason - This book was written and published some 38 years ago (I'm currently in 2018!) which, in today's world, is a long-long ago with respect to the daily technological advancements we are making. But this is still relevant, the data, the thought processes, the inferences still remain the same. At that time, scientists did a great job at bringing all this data and analysis together which we are using today to help us advance at a very fast pace. It's also great to see some of the things as foreseen by scientists then and we've achieved them now.
It's not a novel, it's a beautiful guide to our home, the Cosmos.
Regarding the quality of the book I was a bit skeptical of the publisher but all my doubts were erased once I held the book. Print and paper quality is excellent (complimented with 8/16 glossy pages with color photographs) although the book is a little heavy for a paperback edition.
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