Cosmos - Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan


By Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan

  • Release Date: 1980-10-12
  • Genre: Astronomy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 236 Ratings)


Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring 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.
Praise for Cosmos
“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 third—his mind’s—on 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

NOTE: This edition does not include images.


  • This is the Bible of science

    By foivos87
    It is the most comprehensive summary ever done for the human endeavor of knowledge. A brilliant point of view in the history of science, it’s contribution to the human societies and civilization, as well as the ways that it should be used im the future, for the prosperity of all the species of planet Earth.
  • Amazing book!

    By vegasboyyoshi
    One of the best books you can read in this lifetime, at this point of the planet we’re not going not where if we don’t explore the space.
  • best "popular science" work

    By BrianthecougarintheNW
    This book should be in everyone's library. I would like to see pictures as they appear in the original 1980 edition, though I love the book. It truly can be an introductory course in science that you or I would take in college but never know a teacher like Carl Sagan could teach. The reviewers know what they were saying about it when I read it. The best science book of the 20th century, it is.
  • Sagan's words do not require pictures.

    By TravisAK
    My Bible. 'nuff said.
  • Enlightening!

    By Spuja99
    A tribute to the true beauty of the universe and the scientific method. After reading Sagan's work I no longer accept blind faith as a valid source for knowledge. This book should be part of school curriculum everywhere.
  • Amazing book

    By That’s a Tree
    I have read this book at least 3 or 4 times and watched the TV series about the same number. Incredibly interesting and inspiring. Sagan was a genius, and this book is his masterpiece.
  • No Photos - Description is incorrect

    By Chronogamer
    They must've copied the description without looking at the actual digital edition. I'm happy to have the digital edition but THERE ARE NO PHOTOS - there are some maps, but the gorgeous photos in the full color hardback edition are SO not here despite the description that made me want to buy the book. A lesson to look at the reviews before buying. :(
  • Where are the illustrations?

    By Khutbbfdres
    Where are all the beautiful illustrations that were in the printed version? I want my money back.
  • Love it, but...

    By muggle-most-fowl
    I love this book, but where are the pictures? Don't get me wrong I am a huge, longtime fan of Sagan's. The thing is I can remember reading and flipping thru this book back when it first came out. I remember all the pics. that should be here but are not. Please please please correct this otherwise you are guilty of false advertising. Either stop claiming are many beautiful pictures in this book or fix it. I would rather have it fixed. Thank you.
  • Cosmos

    By Chronicpainbear
    After seeing this book in the library I bought the electronic version and after seeing the real book I am very dissapointed there are no pictures in this version because some of the photos in this book are awesome. The description kind of misleads you to believe the pictures are included.