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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  40,514 ratings  ·  942 reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 7th 2002 by Random House (first published 1980)
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Esther
Dec 04, 2013 Esther rated it 5 of 5 stars
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


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
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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

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إن كان لديك عزيز شغوف بالعلم ولا يعرف من أي
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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 note of boyish enthusiasm in his voice while he ma...more
Saud Omar
من مدونتي: ثمانون كتابا بحثا عن مخرج


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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 المواضيع, فالكتاب يتحدث...more
Daniella
Dec 04, 2013 Daniella rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Rob
Dec 04, 2013 Rob rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Z
Aug 10, 2008 Z rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Absolutely everybody
Shelves: 2008, favourites
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
Tony
Sep 12, 2007 Tony rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Deb
Apr 27, 2007 Deb rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No One
Shelves: science, theology
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). :-)
Daniel
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
Brian
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,...more
Nikki
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...more
Ibrahim Majed
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...more
Gayane
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
Roddy
Jul 23, 2007 Roddy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
GeekChick
Dec 09, 2007 GeekChick rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: science-nature
While the PBS series is dated now in its special effects, the ability of Sagan to inspire the wonderment of science and our connection with the universe is unparalleled to this day. I recommend the hardback edition, which has excellent photographs and other images.

I read somewhere that Cosmos has sold more books in foreign languages than any book other than the Bible. I hope this is true. It is a book that everyone should read, and if you can watch the series, do so! (just accept the goofy effe...more
Tanvirul Islam
কসমস বইটা পড়ে আবেগে আপ্লুত হয়ে গেছিলাম। আর আবেগে আপ্লুত হয়ে গেলে আমার বাহ্যজ্ঞান লোপ পায়। তখন রিভিউতে যেসব ভেজা ভেজা কথা লিখেছি। খুবই ভালগার শোনাচ্ছিলো। সেই লজ্জা নিবারণ করতে এই নতুন লেখা। বইটা পড়ে শেষ করতে আমার প্রায় দেড় বছরের বেশি সময় লেগেছে। না, বইটা বোরিং, দীর্ঘ্য, কর্কশ, কষ্টকর, না; বরং ঠিক তার উলটো। কসমসের প্রতিটা সাবসেকশন, এমনকি কখনো কখনো একটা দুইটা লাইন নিয়েও আমি দিনের পর দিন পড়ে থেকেছি। (এই রে, সেইসব সুখের দিনের কথা ভাবতেই আবার আবেগে আপ্লুত হয়ে যাচ্ছি!) পৃথিবীতে এমন কম বই-ই আ...more
Amy
May 17, 2007 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: non-fiction
I think I could categorize this book as "life-changing" for me. I think the reason I am interested in subjects such as classics and anthropology can be traced to this book! It's a very broad look at the history of the universe and the history of science, so even though it is a good 20+ years old, most of it still stands. Sagan writes in an engaging and accessible manner. This is definitely a great book for people who are interested in science, but a little afraid to approach a book about it. Sag...more
Arun Divakar
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
إبراهيم   عادل
May 08, 2013 إبراهيم عادل rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to إبراهيم by: huda
حسنًا إذًا ... لا أخفي أنها كانت تجربة جميلة، ومختلفة، أن تقرأ كتابًا علميًا :)
وأنت الذي تعودت على الكتابات الأدبية أو في أحسن الأحوال ربما الفكرية أو السياسية ..
جاء الكتاب في كثير منه مسليًا ولذيذًا ... وفي أجزاء أخرى مملاً بشكل مبالغ فيه مليئًا باللأرقام والتفاصيل
لا أخفي أيضًا شعوري أنه يحتاج إلى قراءة أكثر تأنيًا وصبرًا ..
ربما أخرج منه بعلامة فارقة، ربما أستعيد قراءة كتابات أخرى لهذا الرجل ..
الذي بدا لي أنه متميز فعلاً
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على كل الأحوال الشكر واجب لـ هدى :)
Tony Viardo
Full disclosure here, Carl Sagan is a personal inspiration for me. A person who has affected my philosophy and thinking ever since I first heard of him, watch his television documentaries, and then took the time to read his writing. The day he died, I felt a huge sense of loss, not for myself, but the world. This man was not only brilliant, a genius of the order that you see only once a generation, but he had the soul and sensitivity that defines the best of humanity. Overstating? I don't think...more
Clif
Carl Sagan's boyish enthusiasm fills this book ranging widely on scientific topics while emphasizing his life-long passion for communication with other intelligence in the universe.

Like Issac Asimov, Sagan is captivated by the wonder of our physical world and eager to explain it to the general public, though Sagan ventures more into speculation while Asimov is more detail oriented - not only wanting you to know about the atom, but about the parts and the forces involved, never departing from the...more
Sean DeLauder
My earliest recollections of this book are a mix of the blurred stars of the book jacket, the original airing of the PBS series, and its connection to my father. Considering I was only 3 years old at the time, this strikes me as an indication of its import. What I remember distinctly are sitting beside the couch and watching with my father as a long DNA strand stretched out across the television screen and images of the hardbound book in my father's personal library.

A few years after the first r...more
Katie
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.
Alyson
Nov 15, 2007 Alyson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: favorites
This is an amazing and inspired book. One of three books I have purchased numerous times only to give away to someone whom I thought could appreciate both the concepts presented, but the sheer poetry of Sagan's words. As close to a bible as I have ever owned, the brilliance and mystery of our existence, the smallness and yet complete miraculousness of being is captured in these pages. Even if the advanced concepts of science may be beyond some readers, I urge you not to be frustrated and to pers...more
Mohnish
This review comes from a non scientific mind even though I'm studying engineering which is more keen on contemplating & extrapolating the philosophical aspects of our curious instincts.

As I read this book I kept brooding about why in the creation of our world was their a need to put those flickering bright spots in the sky. Trees exist to provide us O2, we exist to provide them CO2. Everything in nature has a purpose. Everything is balanced. What's their purpose? To keep us busy, to keep us...more
Kate Savage
"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." -- Sagan

Look, I don't even believe in interstellar exploration when there are so many solvable problems on our own planet. Or when scientific advancements are always roped into the service of war and oppression or conspicuous consumption for the owning class. And anyway like Frost said "the earth's the right place for love."

But Sagan can make a person care about things. Like quasar explosions, for example (in ev...more
Aljoharah Alobaikan
كتاب رائع استفدت منه كثيرا وأشعر بالخجل لأني لم أقرأه حتى الان فهو كتاب معرفي علمي مهم.
يقدم الكتاب التسلسل التاريخي للفضاء والكون والشغف الانساني الى كل أسرار الكون والفضاء.
هذا الكتاب عبارة عن رحلة عبر الزمان والمكان مرورا بالحضارات القديمة الى المستقبل الحديث,باسلوب مميز يقدم الكاتب شرحا مبسطا عن كيفية نشوء الكون وتاريخ المجموعة الشمسية والاجرام السماوية ,كما يقدم شرحا مبسا لنظرية النسبية والانفجار العظيم وعلم تطور الانسان ويسلط الضوء على قلة احتمال بقاء الكون كما هو بسبب انتشار الاسلحة البيولو...more
Ayushi Nayak
Carl Sagan is some kind of a Pagan God of illustrations.I mean I could picture every word he wrote. Only if I had read all his books at a younger age, I would have reached enlightenment by now.
Never in the span of reading did I put the book away. Only if I could give it another star!
I had picked up this book on a visit to my uncle's which rather was a detour from George R R Martin, whose wits were getting to my consiousness and suprisingly I ended up reading a gem of a book.
Would I recommend it...more
Goose
Simply one of the most beautiful science books of our time. Sagan's enthusiasm, metaphors, and beautiful guide readers through the more "abstract" aspects of astronomy and cosmology. However, Cosmos is more than just a list of interesting factoids (which don't get me wrong, are numerous and amazing), but equal helpings of history and philosophy. Yes, Cosmos is more than just a guidebook to the night sky and beyond, but a celebration of life, curiosity, and our relationship to the cosmic ocean.

Y...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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