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Mobi ¾ Cosmos by Carl Sagan 384 pages Ö Feedmarkformulate

Mobi Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Mobi ¾ Cosmos by Carl Sagan 384 pages Ö Feedmarkformulate ´ ❰BOOKS❯ ✪ 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 evoGical 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 ear 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 MrSagan 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 momentTo recall days of childish innocence gazing towards the infiniteGazing in anticipation of recognizing a constellation or an anticipated meteor showerTo pause while reading and reflect wonder To attempt understanding things with closed eyesTo hear back from the infinite after all these many years Because thoughts might after all travel through vacuumTo think what has been thought centuries ago but not by you yetTo take a possibility and create countless possibilitiesTo be curious to uestion To look at things with not just your eyes To be looked back from an infinite distance with your own eyesTo the journeys we could take each night only if we gave ourselves the chance toTo PauseTo realize that this moment ephemeral as it is and only one among a multiple of possible momentsstill IS

Carl Sagan ´ Cosmos by Carl Sagan Mobi

Cosmos hasheavily illustrated chapters corresponding to the episodes of the Cosmos television series In the book Sagan explores 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 futur 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 annihilationSagan 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

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Cosmos by Carl SagE 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 anthropolo 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