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By Carl Sagan

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Cosmos is without doubt one of the bestselling technology books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan unearths a jewel-like blue international inhabited by means of a lifestyles shape that's simply commencing to observe its personal id and to enterprise into the gigantic ocean of house. that includes a brand new advent via Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, complete colour illustrations, and a brand new Foreword via astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that experience remodeled subject into awareness, exploring such issues because the foundation of lifestyles, the human mind, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the demise of the solar, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and people who helped to form sleek science.

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“Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary type, and a spread that touches just about all points of human wisdom, Cosmos usually turns out too solid to be true.”The simple Dealer
 
“Sagan is an astronomer with one eye at the stars, one other on heritage, and a third—his mind’s—on the human condition.”Newsday
 
“Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its feedback . . . shimmers with a feeling of wonder.”The Miami Herald
 
“Sagan dazzles the brain with the miracle of our survival, framed by means of the stately galaxies of space.”Cosmopolitan
 
“Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated.”The big apple instances booklet Review

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We long to return. These aspirations are not, I think, irreverent, although they may trouble whatever gods may be. The dimensions of the Cosmos are so large that using familiar units of distance, such as meters or miles, chosen for their utility on Earth, would make little sense. Instead, we measure distance with the speed of light. In one second a beam of light travels 186,000 miles, nearly 300,000 kilometers or seven times around the Earth. In eight minutes it will travel from the Sun to the Earth.

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Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. : Quote from The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis. , Oxford. Copyright © 1960 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. The University of Oklahoma Press: Excerpt from Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiché Maya, by Adrian Recinos, 1950. Copyright © 1950 by the University of Oklahoma Press. Reprinted by permission of the University of Oklahoma Press. For Ann Druyan In the vastness of space and the immensity of time, it is my joy to share a planet and an epoch with Annie.

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