Cosmos by Carl Sagan

By Carl Sagan

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Cosmos is likely one of the bestselling technological know-how books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan unearths a jewel-like blue international inhabited by means of a existence shape that's simply commencing to become aware of its personal identification and to enterprise into the immense ocean of area. that includes a brand new creation by way of Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, complete colour illustrations, and a brand new Foreword by means of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that experience reworked subject into awareness, exploring such issues because the starting place of lifestyles, the human mind, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the dying of the solar, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and people who helped to form glossy science.

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“Magnificent . . . With a lyrical literary sort, and a variety that touches just about all features of human wisdom, Cosmos frequently turns out too sturdy to be true.”The simple Dealer
 
“Sagan is an astronomer with one eye at the stars, one other on historical past, 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 through the stately galaxies of space.”Cosmopolitan
 
“Enticing . . . iridescent . . . imaginatively illustrated.”The manhattan occasions booklet Review

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The essence of artificial selection—for a Heike crab, a dog, a cow or an ear of corn—is this: Many physical and behavioral traits of plants and animals are inherited. They breed true. Humans, for whatever reason, encourage the reproduction of some varieties and discourage the reproduction of others. The variety selected for preferentially reproduces; it eventually becomes abundant; the variety selected against becomes rare and perhaps extinct. But if humans can make new varieties of plants and animals, must not nature do so also?

Quote from the Bhagavad Gita from Lawrence and Oppenheimer by Nuel Pharr Davis (1968, page 239), and excerpt from The Sand Reckoner by Archimedes taken from The World of Mathematics by James Newman (1956, volume 1, page 420). Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. : Quote from The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis. , Oxford. Copyright © 1960 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. The University of Oklahoma Press: Excerpt from Popol Vuh: The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiché Maya, by Adrian Recinos, 1950.

They breed true. Humans, for whatever reason, encourage the reproduction of some varieties and discourage the reproduction of others. The variety selected for preferentially reproduces; it eventually becomes abundant; the variety selected against becomes rare and perhaps extinct. But if humans can make new varieties of plants and animals, must not nature do so also? This related process is called natural selection. That life has changed fundamentally over the aeons is entirely clear from the alterations we have made in the beasts and vegetables during the short tenure of humans on Earth, and from the fossil evidence.

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