The updated companion book to Carl Sagan's Cosmos, returning to television in March 2014 as an all-new miniseries on the National Geographic Channel and Fox networks, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
PBS’s 1980 miniseries Cosmos, hosted by astronomer and astrophysicist Carl Sagan, captivated television viewers with its explorations of our place in the universe. Now, Cosmos returns to television in March 2014 as an all-new Fox miniseries with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Sagan’s companion book remains one of the bestselling science books of all time, and it too has been reprinted for a new generation. In clear prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new, illustrated introduction by Sagan’s collaborator Ann Druyan and a new foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness. Explore such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.
Carl Sagan was the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University; Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; and the cofounder and president of the Planetary Society, the largest space-interest group in the world. For the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he was an adviser on the Mariner, Voyager, and Viking unmanned space missions, and he briefed astronauts for journeys to the moon. His Peabody Award-winning public television series, Cosmos, has been seen by more than 500 million people in over sixty countries, and the accompanying book spent seventy weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. The author of thirty books, Sagan was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence in 1978, and his novel Contact became a major motion picture.
In their posthumous award to Dr. Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his research "transformed planetary science his gifts to mankind were infinite.”
“Magnificent With a lyrical literary style, and a range that touches almost all aspects of human knowledge, Cosmos often seems too good to be true.” The Plain Dealer
“Sagan is an astronomer with one eye on the stars, another on history, and a thirdhis mind’son the human condition.” Newsday
“Brilliant in its scope and provocative in its suggestions shimmers with a sense of wonder.” The Miami Herald
“Sagan dazzles the mind with the miracle of our survival, framed by the stately galaxies of space.” Cosmopolitan
“Enticing iridescent imaginatively illustrated.” The New York Times Book Review