Cosmos by Carl Sagan

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Carl Sagan is one of only a few scientists who are truly popular among the wide society. Among his various talents and skills there is a unique ability to transfer the passion for science to the viewers and readers. Maybe that’s why his TV appearances and books are amazingly popular. Among his numerous popular books, “Cosmos” stands out as being one of the most popular science books ever published.  So let’s take a closer look at this great book and spend some time reminding ourselves what an amazing personality Carl Sagan really was.

Author: Carl Sagan

Paperback: 336

Publisher: Ballantine Books (1985)

ISBN-10: 0345331354

ISBN-13: 978-0345331359

Kindle edition: (US)

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Rating: ★★★★½ Ranking: 3,346
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Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, science populariser and a best-selling author. He is one of the few science figures who are popular among the wide society. Carl Sagan is known as a true educator, man of passion and love for science and life. Among other things, he also advocated scientific skepticism and the importance of education and curiosity.

Sagan’s academic achievements include more than 600 published scientific papers and articles. He was also an author and co-author of more than 20 books including an international best-seller “Cosmos” and a science fiction novel Contact which was a basis for a popular film in 1997.

“Cosmos” is based on the 13 episodes of the TV series of the same name, thus it is impossible to discuss the book without taking a look at the series. The multi-award winning series were produced in 1978 and 1979 and had a budget of roughly $6.3 million. “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” was revolutionary in its use of special effects and powerful soundtracks, which made it an instant best-seller.

The book has 13 illustrated chapters, each based on the corresponding episode of the TV series. The chapters discuss the cosmic evolution, scientific development and the importance of science. In addition, Sagan overviews the evolution of science throughout the history and how it has enabled us to reach the current understanding of how the universe works. Naturally, this leads towards some intelligent speculations about the future of our society and the role of science in it. All the chapters are heavily illustrated and written in an easy-to read conversational style, which is typical to Sagan.

Believe it or not Cosmos is actually one of the the best-selling science books ever published in English. The book spent 50 weeks on the Publishers Weekly best-seller’s list and has won numerous awards. Due to such popularity the book did not only pave the way for Sagan’s literary career, but also showed that scientific literature can be popular and commercially successful. Taking all of these facts into account, I highly recommend this book for those, who haven’t read it yet.



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