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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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 7th 2002 by Random House (first published 1980)
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Dec 04, 2013 Esther rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone trying to understand themselves and the world around them
Can I give this one ten stars? If I had a religion, I would be a Carl Saganian. Love him so much.
Huda Yahya
Apr 15, 2016 Huda Yahya rated it it was amazing

إن تأملنا أنفسنا من منظور كوني
فإن كل واحد منا لا يقدر بثمن
إن خالفك إنساناً في الرأي ، فدعه يعيش
ففي مائة بليون مجرة لن تجد واحداً غيره

هذا باختصار هو كارل ساجان (أو سيجن) أيتها البشرية
واحد من أعظم العلماء الذين أنجبتهم هذه الأرض
ليس فقط لإسهاماته العلمية ، ولكن لإنسانيته التي تدعو حقاً للتأمل

في الحقيقة هذا الرجل يذهلني بقدرته على ربط الخيوط ببعضها وجعل العلم والفلسفة والأساطير والأدب مترابطين في مقالاته الساحرة ببهاء ورونق عجيب وخاص جدّاً


إن كان لديك عزيز شغوف بالعلم ولا يعرف من
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 note of boyish enthusiasm in his voice while he ma ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Kalliope rated it it was amazing

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 week. But what are thirteen weeks in relation to cosmic ti
Saud Omar
Jun 24, 2015 Saud Omar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 كتاب الكون يسلك مسلكا أخر, كتاب الكون كتاب يتأمل في الكون.

يحوي كتاب الكون ثلاثة عشر فصلاً, هذه الفصول كتبت بأسلوب غير تراكمي؛ بمعنى أنك تستطيع قراءة أي فصل دون أن تقرأ الفصول التي قبله, وتتباين هذه الفصول في مواضيعها وفي مجالات هذه المو
Dec 04, 2013 Daniella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Angela; anyone who loves science
Recommended to Daniella by: my Aunt Gail
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 something, to expound upon its many virtues and why it h ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rahul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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 towards the infinite.Gazing in anticipation of recog
Aug 10, 2008 Z rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Absolutely everybody
Shelves: favourites, 2008
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 of all the positive superlatives I can think of b ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Rob rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: puny carbon-based life-forms crawling on this mostly-wet little planet
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 history of the universe (such that we can even know ...more
Apr 27, 2007 Deb rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Shelves: theology, science
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). :-)
Sep 12, 2007 Tony rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with an interest in science
Shelves: science
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, and how star make them,
- Creation Myths, incl Hin
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, our gorgeous moon shortly thereafter, and finally, ...more
Muhammad Shakhawat Hossain
সে অনেককাল আগের কথা; - 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, শবদটির বযুৎপততিগত অরথের কিনতু খুব একটা হেরফের হয়নি এই গত কয়েক হাজার বছরেও। পরাচীন সেই গরীক বিশবাসমতে Chaos দেবতাটি ছিলেন সমপূরণ আকার-অবয়ব বিহীন এবং আদিতে যেহেতু Chaos ছাড়া আর কোন কিছুরই অসতিতব ছিলোনা, তাই সৃষটিজগতের পুরোটাই ছিলো অবিনযসত, ভীষণ এলোমেলো, আধুনিক সময়ে যাকে আমরা বলি ‘Chaotic’! এরপর Chaos সৃষটি করলেন দেবী Night ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Speranza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, kindle
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, finding the purpose in another human being, the complete m
Aug 18, 2015 Laila rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
"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 asina oldugumuz okumadan once konu hakkinda on ara
ريهام يوسف
كتاب رائع
هو مش بيتكلم عن نظريات ف الكون او قوانين فيزيائية او رياضية والحاجات دي يعني زي م انا كنت متوقعة ..
هو بيتكلم عن كل حاجه ف الكون ، بيتكلم عن نظرية داروين التطور ، عن الكواكب الثانية وطبيعتها، عن اسكندرية زمان لما كانت مركز نشر العلم ف العالم ، عن الوقت الي اكتشفوا فيه الامريكتين والتجارب الي فشلت ف اكتشافها قبل كده ، عن السفر عبر الزمان ودلل ع ده بأن الحاجة الي زمان كانت بتخلص ف شهور بقت بتخلص ف دقايق دلوقتي ..
بيتكلم عن علماء كتير وتجاربهم وحبهم للعلم من عصور قبل الميلاد لحد دلوقتي ..

Mar 17, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
This is one of those kind of books that comes along every few years that is so fantastic that you purposely drag out reading it in order to savor its awesomeness. It doesn't matter that it was written 25+ years ago, pre-Hubble telescope, before the fall of the USSR, etc. - Sagan's insight and wide-reaching scope are timeless.

The last few chapters are so rich in thought-provoking information they are worth re-reading. Sagan would have never wanted his work to become the foundation of a religion,
Vusal  Rasulzade
Mar 20, 2016 Vusal Rasulzade rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Highly recommended for people who have a little interest in astrophysics :)
Tanvirul Islam
Nov 18, 2013 Tanvirul Islam rated it it was amazing
কসমস বইটা পডে আবেগে আপলুত হযে গেছিলাম। আর আবেগে আপলুত হযে গেলে আমার বাহযজঞান লোপ পায। তখন রিভিউতে যেসব ভেজা ভেজা কথা লিখেছি। খুবই ভালগার শোনাচছিলো। সেই লজজা নিবারণ করতে এই নতুন লেখা। বইটা পডে শেষ করতে আমার পরায দেড বছরের বেশি সময লেগেছে। না, বইটা বোরিং, দীরঘয, করকশ, কষটকর, না; বরং ঠিক তার উলটো। কসমসের পরতিটা সাবসেকশন, এমনকি কখনো কখনো একটা দুইটা লাইন নিযেও আমি দিনের পর দিন পডে থেকেছি। (এই রে, সেইসব সুখের দিনের কথা ভাবতেই আবার আবেগে আপলুত হযে যাচছি!) পৃথিবীতে এমন কম বই-ই আছে যা, ওযাইন, ওমযান/মযান ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing
I went into this book hoping to learn more about the Universe, and learn more I did. The chapters that dealt with star and galaxy formations were excellent, and many times I put down the book to look up something online. I had heard about a number of these topics in passing, and it was nice to read about them with more depth. For some reason, I was entranced by the concept of the 'heliopause' (look it up: it's freaking amazing), while I was outright blown away by the fact that both Voyager satel ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Nərmin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 his writings. And best part of this book was the in ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Nikki rated it it was amazing
I don't get people who find this too dry, or lacking in a sense of wonder about the world. It's full of a sense of wonder, no less potent because Sagan was agnostic (not atheist, as some people say), and he expresses this almost poetically. While some of the science is falling out of date now, it's still worth reading Cosmos -- as a primer, and for Sagan's clear explanations of how the world works, and how our understanding got to this point.

I actually have the DVDs of the series as well, and wh
Aug 10, 2015 Haritha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone. Seriously, each and every single human being.
Shelves: non-fiction
I cannot begin to describe how amazing this book is. Of all the books I have read in my life till now, I will always remember Carl Sagan's Cosmos as the book that brought back meaning into my life.

With wonderful humility, Dr. Sagan makes the unfathomably huge Cosmos come to life. His words, clearly written from the heart, are complemented by beautiful photographs and illustrations. I cannot imagine any reader being unmoved by what Dr. Sagan is telling us.

As I progressed through the thirteen ch
Jul 23, 2007 Roddy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Stunning, beautiful prose, excellent description and metaphor, incredibly accessible. Its also one of those books where you get to see the author's own genius slip into the pages accidentally, every so often. This book is the book A Brief History of Time wants to be. Problem is, ABHOT is much more boring and high concept. Sagan is and ever will be the great teacher of the masses in my opinion. This book starts out simpler than ABHOT - here on earth. It begins with what you know and slowly expand ...more
Fahad Alqurain
Jan 23, 2015 Fahad Alqurain rated it it was amazing
كتاب لابد أن يقرأ
رائع بمعنى الكلمة وتعلمت منه الكثير
Mar 29, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
I love Carl Sagan. He really does make you feel like a kid again. His excitement and enthusiasm come through clearly right from the start of this book and I'd think it would be hard for anyone not to get swept up by it. The facts and mysteries of the cosmos are fascinating especially when Carl Sagan is talking about them. There are inevitably some dry and drawn out parts,being the reason for 4 stars, but all in all fantastic.
Aug 05, 2015 Max rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Sagan explores the history and future of cosmology with wonder and foreboding in this slightly dated but insightful and still highly relevant mix of science and philosophy. He begins with the story of Eratosthenes, the first to calculate the circumference of the earth in the third century BCE. His instruments were two sticks. He placed one vertically in the ground at the summer solstice on the equator and a second 800 kilometers north. At noon the first would give no shadow but the angle of the ...more
Arun Divakar
Jun 01, 2014 Arun Divakar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When do we truly die ? The most logical answer would be to say that we die when the last breath escapes us and when our body and mind cease to function. But I tend to differ , death would be the loss of fascination and wonderment at the world around us. To wake up and see the sun rise everyday, to listen to birdsong in the mornings and see the blue sky above you, to feel the rain lashing at you and at times caressing you with its softness, the gentle breeze of the evenings, the feel of the sea w ...more
Ibrahim Majed
Oct 21, 2013 Ibrahim Majed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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د.كارل في الكتاب أجمل منه في التلفاز ..
أحببته هنا أكثر من حلفات برنامجه Cosmos رغم أن الكتاب ما هو إلا الحلقات نفسها .. لكن القرآءة كانت مريحة لي أكثر .. وكنت أعود للحلقات لمشاهدة الصور ولسماع ما قرأته بصوته .. كانت تجربة مثيرة وجميلة ..

أحببت كتاب الكون .. أحببت الدكتور كارل وسعة اطلاعه وثقافته وروحه الهادثة والجميلة .. متفائل وحيوي

رآئع! روحاني!

"فنحن إنما نكون تجسيداً محلياً لهذا الكون نما إلى مرحلة الوعي الذاتي. وما نحن إلا حفنة من مادة النجوم تتأمل في النجوم ذاتها؟ أي اننا عبارة عن بلايين ال
The span of subjects in Carl Sagan's Cosmos is wide, from the history of science to (almost) modern cosmology, from the theory of evolution to interstellar flights, from creating gods to knowing our own home - Solar System. One thing you should keep in mind: I would not recommend this book to anyone with only very basic knowledge in physics. Cosmos was first published in 1980, and science has developed enormously since. There are new theories about space that correct or completely reject some of ...more
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in 1934, scientist Carl Sagan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. After earning bachelor and master's degrees at Cornell, Sagan earned a double doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1960. He became professor of astronomy and space science and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University, and co-founder of the Planetary Society. A great popularizer of science, Sagan produced th ...more
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