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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best science books ever written
I can confess it: I became an astronomer because of this book and the corresponding TV series, and I don't regret that. I asked this to be my birthday present when I was 10 or 11, it was 1600 pesetas (an expensive book at this time), and I read it several times. Since them I feel the emotion of these pages, and their strength. When I read this again, I cannot avoid to...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Somehow already an ancient book
This book has been written now almost 30 years ago - and you will find this out after you read the 1 page. This is the reason why i only gave 3 stars. Carl Sagan is explaining the Voyager mission in such detail which is realy boring in year 2002. Except of this it's nice to read. You'll get a lot of information about history of since (Thales, Pythagoras, Kepler,...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Some of the reviews are a bit over the top, 5. März 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cosmos (Taschenbuch)
But this is a good and important book. I read it at 13 and it did have a profound effect both philosophically and intellectually. Given its virtues are dealt with in other reviews I will concentrate on its less good points.
First it is rather out of date. Not really the fault of the book but anything on science will be obselete almost as quickly as your PC.
Second, I found it was rather metaphysical at times. I feel a book on science should avoid this like the plague. The first eight words are very famous and utterly unscientific.
Third, you'll come away thinking you know about physics and cosmology whereas in fact you don't. The best writer on real gritty physics is Dr Feynman (Six Easy Pieces and Not So Easy Pieces). I expect my spelling has already revealed I majored in physics!
Lastly, as someone mentioned, Sagan is not a great scientest but rather a great communicator. This is no bad thing, of course. However, many scientists are very suspicious of populists who go over their heads to the general public with theories that are not yet scientific orthodoxy. Hawking and Dawkins are also prime offenders in this category. It might partly be envy of their fame and fortune but the point is still valid.
That said, if this book gets us more people doing physics then great.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Somehow already an ancient book, 15. Oktober 2002
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This book has been written now almost 30 years ago - and you will find this out after you read the 1 page. This is the reason why i only gave 3 stars. Carl Sagan is explaining the Voyager mission in such detail which is realy boring in year 2002. Except of this it's nice to read. You'll get a lot of information about history of since (Thales, Pythagoras, Kepler, Newton,...), may be more then you actually wanted to know. In most sections in this book Sagan talks about the live of some of those great scientist. The book is o.k. for you if you want to get some information about history of science (from 500 B.C. till 1978) but not if you want to get the latest update on cosmos, science and universe.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Carl Sagan Writes This More Like An Essay, 4. Januar 1999
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Carl Sagan, I believe wrote this book more out to be an essay of what he believes. That sometimes can be a little over-the-top. Usually a long essay will not put out the message fully. The ending of this book didn't truly fulfill what I wanted to read. The book does have some good points about the cosmos but it perhaps put too much emphasis where the book should not have went by doing too much info on the scientists of the cosmo. The truth is, this science book didn't fulfill what I expected of it. And thats all I have to say about this book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A fine introduction, but...., 18. Juli 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cosmos (Taschenbuch)
Sagan's "Cosmos" is a fine generalization of the different elements and processes that drive our universe. Yet, the book (like all other books) is only a step in our development as human beings, and should not be revered too greatly. Like the religious scriptures' biases toward mystery and metaphysics, "Cosmos" expresses all the prejudices and assumptions of a biologist: in summa, one who wishes to be truthful must read the book critically (Note, for example, Sagan's belief in evolution by natural selection).
For serious scientific understanding, one would be best studying the disciplines' origins and histories, through their primary sources: the Ionian philosphers, the Arab astronomers, Renaissance authors, Einstein's explanation of Special and General Relativity, and so forth. This will take energy (which most folks are too lazy to exert), but the intellectual and spiritual rewards are ample.
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