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Cosmos -- a Pleasure
am 20. März 1999
I read Cosmos at age 48, after having studied mathmatics, physics, and astronomy for much of my early life. Although loving the strict rigor of mathematical proofs and scientific reasoning immensely, I believe that there is something important to be said about the poetic, almost terrifying beauty inherent in the most significant areas and principles in these related field. I believe that Carl Sagan has sought (and accomplished) to go beyond the purely technical (which has an admittedly limited readership), and invited the uninitiate to venture into the realms of the heavens as well, and there is alot to be said about this approach too. For one thing, the more enlightened the general public, the more chance for mutual survival. Furthermore, science does not function solely in an ivory tower; it coexists in a wider world with many people who could be made to appreciate the genuine wonders. It is to the author's credit that he realizes this, which many other "pure" scientists of the same ilk (Sagan certainly knew his "hard science" too) would be well to observe. Many scientists of my own acquaintance suffer from a debilitating technical myopia. So here's to a major achievement and major book. Detractors should search their souls and motivations carefully. The world would be a far more enlightened and better place if only more people read it today.