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By Carl Sagan

RETURNING TO tv AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX

Cosmos is without doubt one of the bestselling technological know-how books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan finds a jewel-like blue global inhabited via a lifestyles shape that's simply starting to become aware of its personal id and to enterprise into the monstrous ocean of house. that includes a brand new creation by way of 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 recognition, exploring such issues because the starting place of lifestyles, the human mind, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the dying of the sunlight, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and people who helped to form smooth science.

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“Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary type, and a spread that touches just about all features of human wisdom, Cosmos frequently turns out too sturdy to be true.”The undeniable Dealer
 
“Sagan is an astronomer with one eye at the stars, one other on background, 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 way of the stately galaxies of space.”Cosmopolitan
 
“Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated.”The long island occasions e-book Review

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We determined, gamely, to deal with the matter ourselves. Lee proposed that we shape a creation corporation dedicated to the communique of technology in an enticing and obtainable method. within the following months we have been approached on a few initiatives. yet by way of a long way the main fascinating was once an inquiry tendered through KCET, the general public Broadcasting Service’s outlet in l. a.. finally, we together agreed to provide a thirteen-part tv sequence orientated towards astronomy yet with a really huge human viewpoint. It was once to be aimed toward well known audiences, to be visually and musically gorgeous, and to have interaction the center in addition to the brain. We talked with underwriters, employed an government manufacturer, and located ourselves launched into a three-year undertaking referred to as Cosmos. At this writing it has an envisioned around the world viewing viewers of over 2 hundred million humans, or nearly five percentage of the human inhabitants of the planet Earth. it truly is devoted to the proposition that the general public is much extra clever than it has as a rule been given credits for; that the inner most clinical questions about the character and foundation of the realm excite the pursuits and passions of large numbers of individuals. the current epoch is an enormous crossroads for our civilization and maybe for our species. no matter what street we take, our destiny is indissolubly certain up with technology. it's crucial as an issue of straightforward survival for us to appreciate technology. moreover, technology is a pride; evolution has prepared that we get pleasure from understanding—those who comprehend usually tend to live to tell the tale. The Cosmos tv sequence and this publication signify a hopeful scan in speaking many of the rules, tools and joys of technology. The ebook and the tv sequence developed jointly. In a few experience every one relies at the different. Many illustrations during this ebook are in accordance with the extraordinary visuals ready for the tv sequence. yet books and tv sequence have a bit of varied audiences and admit differing ways. one of many nice virtues of a ebook is that it truly is attainable for the reader to come many times to vague or tough passages; this can be simply starting to develop into attainable, with the improvement of videotape and video-disc expertise, for tv. there's even more freedom for the writer in identifying the diversity and intensity of subject matters for a bankruptcy in a e-book than for the procrustean fifty-eight mins, thirty seconds of a noncommercial tv application. This ebook is going extra deeply into many themes than does the tv sequence. There are subject matters mentioned within the e-book which aren't handled within the tv sequence and vice versa. for instance, particular representations of the Cosmic Calendar, featured within the tv sequence, don't look here—in half as the Cosmic Calendar is mentioned in my publication The Dragons of Eden; likewise, i don't right here talk about the lifetime of Robert Goddard in a lot aspect, simply because there's a bankruptcy in Broca’s mind dedicated to him. yet every one episode of the tv sequence follows relatively heavily the corresponding bankruptcy of this publication; and that i wish to imagine that the excitement of every can be superior through connection with the opposite.

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