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Cosmos

Author: Carl Sagan
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1980.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book is about science in its broadest human context, how science and civilization grew up together. It is the story of our long journey of discovery and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science, including Democritus, Hypatia, Kepler, Newton, Huygens, Champollion, Lowell and Humason. The book also explores spacecraft missions of discovery of the nearby planets, the research in the Library of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Einführung
History
Popular works
Ouvrages de vulgarisation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Sagan
ISBN: 0394502949 9780394502946 0394715969 9780394715964
OCLC Number: 6280573
Notes: Based on C. Sagan's 13-part television series.
Description: xvi, 365 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: The shores of the cosmic ocean --
One voice in the cosmic fugue --
The harmony of worlds --
Heaven and hell --
Blues for a red planet --
Travelers' tales --
The backbone of night --
Travels in space and time --
The lives of the stars --
The edge of forever --
The persistence of memory --
Encyclopaedia galactica --
Who speaks for Earth? --
Appendix 1. Reductio ad absurdum and the square root of two --
Appendix 2. The five Pythagorean solids.
Other Titles: Cosmos (Television program)
Responsibility: Carl Sagan.
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This book is about science in its broadest human context, how science and civilization grew up together. It is the story of our long journey of discovery and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science, including Democritus, Hypatia, Kepler, Newton, Huygens, Champollion, Lowell and Humason. The book also explores spacecraft missions of discovery of the nearby planets, the research in the Library of ancient Alexandria, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, the origin of life, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies and the origins of matter, suns and worlds. The author retraces the fifteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into life and consciousness, enabling the cosmos to wonder about itself. He considers the latest findings on life elsewhere and how we might communicate with the beings of other worlds.

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Introduction 1 - The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean 2 - One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue 3 - The Harmony of the Worlds 4 - Heaven and Hell 5 - Blues for a Red Planet 6 - Travelers' Tales 7 - The Backbone of Night 8 - Travels in Space and Time 9 - The Lives of the Stars 10 - The Edge of Forever 11 - The Persistence of Memory 12 - Encyclopaedia Galactica 13 - Who Speaks for Earth? Appendix 1: Reductio ad Absurdum and the Square Root of Two Appendix 2: The Five Pythagorean Solids For Further Reading Index

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