Cosmos: The Story of Cosmic Evolution, Science and Civilisation
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Cosmos was unavailable for many years after its initial release because of copyright issues with the soundtrack music, but when it was released in 2000 on worldwide NTSC DVD, subtitles in seven languages  and remastered 5. 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. The program's format is similar to earlier BBC documentaries such as Kenneth Clark's Civilisation, Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man, and David Attenborough's Life on Earth. The BBC—a co-producer of Cosmos—later screened the series, but the episodes were cut to fit 50-minute slots. On many topics, the book encompasses a more concise, refined presentation of previous ideas about which Sagan had written.
The series is notable for its groundbreaking use of special effects, which allow Sagan to seemingly walk through environments that are actually models rather than full-sized sets.Beginning with the origins of the universe in the Big Bang, Sagan describes the formation of different types of galaxies and anomalies such as galactic collisions and quasars. The American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson described " Cosmos" as something "more than Carl Sagan". I remember reading about Sagan talking of the future: sending a rover to mars for example which has been done since few years now. Cosmos Update shows new information about the odd, irregular surfaces of galaxies and the Milky Way perhaps being a barred spiral galaxy.
Burton is a pleasure to listen to and I cannot say enough about how well he handles this sometimes difficult material with precise pronunciations that do not seem to phase him at all.While some scientific aspects in the book might have changed in the meantime, the book is still as valuable today as it was almost 40 years ago. In 2013, a new edition of Cosmos was published, with a foreword by Ann Druyan and an essay by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
I grew up watching LeVar Burton on TNG and Reading Raonbow, so saying his narration was nostalgic is a bit of an understatement. Random House, 1983, 4th printing, rare US trade paperback, Sagan's original wonderful history of science book,364pp, great science and true space info, many illustrations and photos, nice copy, bright and firm, as new, near Fine. Then something pops up that makes you realize the actual date of the book (such as when he refers to a NASA mission scheduled for 1982).Centuries later, re-discovery of the writings of the free-thinking Greek philosophers helps inspire participants in the Scientific Revolution, which led to the development of the Copernican principle – the philosophical implications of which Sagan explores. The popularity of Sagan's Cosmos has been referenced in arguments supporting increased space exploration spending.