Cosmos by 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 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 ane...

Details Cosmos

Release DateMay 7th, 2002
PublisherRandom House
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Astronomy, Physics, History

Reviews Cosmos

  • Esther
    Can I give this one ten stars? If I had a religion, I would be a Carl Saganian. Love him so much.
  • Huda Yahya
    إن تأملنا أنفسنا من منظور كونيفإن كل واحد منا لا يقدر بثمنإن خالفك إنساناً في الرأي ، فدعه يعيشففي مائة بليون مجرة لن تجد واحداً غيره! هذا باختصار هو كارل ساجان (أو سيجن) أيتها البشريةواحد من أعظم العلماء الذين أنجبتهم هذه الأرضليس فقط لإسهاماته ال...
  • Samadrita
    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 horrified and slightly bemused tone he may have employed while talking about the Iraq 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 ...
  • Kalliope
    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 something like this would give a better idea of my opinion about this book: my rating is an universe of zillions to the power of zillions of stars, …and expanding. My rating:What a brilliant read this has been. I have read it very slowly; one chapter a we...
  • Duane
    I saw the TV series years before I read the book. I'm glad I did; I was able to project the image and voice of Carl Sagan into the words on the page. If there is a better science related, non-fiction book out there, please, someone point it out to me.Revised Oct. 2017.
  • Saud Omar
    من مدونتي: ثمانون كتابا بحثا عن مخرج***لو كنت سوف أقرأ كتاب علمياً واحداً في حياتي, بل لو كنت سوف أقراء كتاباً بشرياً واحداً, سوف أختار كتاب الكون لكارل ساغان.عادة يكون هدف الكتب العلمية التي تكتب لغير المختصين هو تبسيط المعلومة, لكن ...
  • Daniella
    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 I ever could. But upon recently reading this book for the first time (which may seem a bit belated, but I am, after all, only 23) it instantly became one of my favorites, a status not easily attained by any book, and so I feel compelled to say someth...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Flexible Belts: "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan(Original Review, 1980-11-17)A 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...
  • rahul
    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 read Mr.Sagan, the words so simple describing the Universe so complex. To read a small passage and follow it up with a sleep filled with dreams of all those stars dying and being born every passing moment.To recall, days of childish innocence gazing to...
  • Z
    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 inspiring quotations can explain things quite 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...
  • TS Chan
    Carl Sagan was a good writer. For a scientist, his prose had a literary style that is enjoyable to read, and he injected a sense of philosophy into his passionate account of the origins and marvels of the cosmos. I do find that the delivery was quite heavy-handed in trying to instill that sense of awe and wonder into the reader. What made it even more so was the narrator whose intonation carries a quality of breathless resonance. The arrangement ...
  • Joseph
    Science is changing the way we see the universe at a rapid pace. Black holes, gravity waves, Higgs boson, and dark matter were (mathematical) theories a generation ago. Today they are reality. Popular science television shows can teach the public about quantum theory but anything over ten years old is pretty much out of date. How can a publication on general science over thirty-five years out of date be relevant in the world today? It depends on ...
  • Bettie☯
    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 and a "Spaceship of the Imagination" (shaped like a dandelion seed). The ship journeys through the universes' hundred billion galaxies, the Local Group, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Milky Way, the Orion Nebula, our Solar System, and finally the planet Ea...
  • Abubakar Mehdi
    “ The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us - there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries. ”With these lines, we hop on Sagan’s ‘ship of imagination’ to visit distant worlds of Quasars, Pulsars, Black holes and Galaxies that are billions of li...
  • Mohammed
    كم أنت ضئيل أيها الإنسانحين تدرك أنك بأرضك بسمائك، لا تساوي شيئاً في خضم هذا الكون، أنه بالإمكان وضع 11 كرة أرضية في كوكب المشتري، أن وحدة قياس المسافة للسفر إلى بعض الكواكب هي السنة الضوئية، أي المسافة التي يقطعها الضوء في سنة، أي 9 مليون كيلومتر، و...
  • Deb
    This book was my bible when I was an enemy of God. As a stubbornly devout atheist, this was the book I turned to for justification of my proud and arrogant rejection of my Creator. Instead of reading this pile of conjecture, I recommend reading the Holy Bible (then get on your knees and repent before the holy God who gave you life and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your lawlessness and sin). :-)
  • Lewis Weinstein
    Wonderful perspectives, marvelous photos and drawings, beautifully written ... considers the hugeness of space and the tiniest atom, all connected ... somehow ... Cosmos has stood the test of time (yes, that's a pun) ... I have read several books on this topic in preparation for a course at Oxford on Cosmology ... this is the best
  • Speranza
    As a child, I was fascinated and mesmerised by our world. It looked so huge, so full of wonders. Еverything was a source of marvel and inspiration. The world, the Earth, waited to be discovered and I had a long life ahead of me to do that. Then, in teenage years, I already knew all there was to know about life, people, the Earth and the Universe. Nobody could tell me any better. The new source of wonder had become love – falling in love, findi...
  • Rob
    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. (And if you are a scientist, may this be a lesson in how to tell your story.) Sagan makes the astronomy and the math and the mind-boggling complexity of the universe not only comprehensible but palatable. He wraps up our history as a species into the h...
  • Tony
    The best book ever written.A masterful work encompassing the whole of human existence and the universe, with a focus on science.Sagan discusses - evolution, - Kepler, astrology and acceptance of truth in spite of what outcome is desired,- Venus and Mars, including the made-up belief of life on Mars a century ago,- the Voyager spacecrafts' Grand Tour of the Outer Planets (a rare alignment),- ancient Greek scientists,- Relativity,- atoms, elements,...
  • Benjamin
    This is the closest I have ever been to love.This book is not only a huge source of knowledge for those looking forward to getting enthralled into the science of cosmos, but also one that I know has a special meaning for some people out there. Both of the before mentioned apply to me, but why do I say it has a special meaning? Well, as simple as it may sound, this book was what took me to where I am right now. There has always been magic for me. ...
  • Pawan Mishra
    It has always made me very curious how science touches many other seemingly different subjects of history, philosophy, and religion. This book is really very impressive. A story of 15 billion years of the cosmos compressed in this relatively smaller book! Easy to read and understand, Carl Sagan's Cosmos draws the reader into a world so vivid and realistic that it's hard not to be mesmerized throughout while reading this book.
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    I wish I had LOVED this book as Carl Sagan is an icon. It was entertaining, if you ignore the fact that it is VERY dated (I mean, 40+ years dated), which is not its fault. However, I much prefer A Short History of Nearly Everything for a review of the same information.
  • ade_reads
    Humans... How little we are. How little we know.Finally I finished this book last night at about 23:00. This is one of the best popular scientific books that I have read. This book is well written, reads like a mystery novel and is a great source of interesting information. Scientific information is explained in "simple reader" language.The focus in this book is on astronomy : how big is our universe, how old it is, how it "works", etc. Sagan pay...
  • رحمان
    In the beginning there was a bang, and it was big. Stupendous. The universe as we know it, began. Time itself started to tick and tock. Space was appearing seemingly out of nothingness, as it continues to do so still. Intense heat and energy were produced. And from them matter coalesced. And so stars formed. And from stars everything else sprang into existence: more stars, galaxies, the glorious milky way, our spectacular sun, our caring earth, o...
  • Muhammad Shakhawat
    সে অনেককাল আগের কথা; ৩-৪ হাজার বছরের কম হবেনা। পরাচীন গরীকরা তখন Chaos কে আদি পিতা মানতো। আজকের আধুনিক ইংরেজী অভিধানে ঢুকে পড়া Chaos শবদটি বরতমানে বযবহৃত হয় ‘বিশৃঙখলা’ অরথে। তবে, ...
  • Shahad takleef
    The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we've learned most of what we know. Recently, we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from.We long to returnand we can .because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of starstuff i don't think i'll ever give 5 stars more wholeheartedly as i am doing now ..5 shimmering , eye-blinding...
  • Nərmin
    It took me long to read it, but it was worth it. First thing that captivates me that despite being a nonfiction scientific book, Carl Sagan described the whole universe, explained the science in such a poetic and eloquent way that you would think he is a romantic poet! And the parts about his childhood and his enthusiasm for astronomy, for cosmos were the cutest and beautiful thing I have ever read. I saw myself, my passion for space in him, in h...
  • César Bustíos
    "El nitrógeno de nuestro ADN, el calcio de nuestros dientes, el hierro de nuestra sangre, el carbono de nuestras tartas de manzana se hicieron en los interiores de estrellas en proceso de colapso. Estamos hechos, pues, de sustancia estelar."El entusiasmo de Sagan rompe las barreras del tiempo. Su pasión contagia como el peor de los virus. No puedo empezar a imaginar la enorme cantidad de mentes que han sido y serán influenciadas por la frescur...
  • Laila
    "Okumaya neden bu kadar gec kalmisim ki?" diye kendi kendime sordum bitirdigimde. Inceleme yazmak icin biraz bekledim. Cunku ne yazmaliyim ya da kafamdakileri nasil anlatmaliyim bir fikrim yoktu ilk defa. Beni en cok etkileyen seylerden biri Iskenderiye Kutuphanesi yakilinca neleri yitirdigimize dair anlatinin oldugu bolumdu sanirim. Carl Sagan adi zaten kitaba, icerige, kaliteye dair soyleyecek cok sey birakmiyor. Keyifle okudum. Belgeselden de ...