Carl Sagan's Cosmic Connection : An Extraterrestrial Perspective, Hardback

Carl Sagan's Cosmic Connection : An Extraterrestrial Perspective Hardback

Edited by Jerome Agel

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


In 1973, Carl Sagan published The Cosmic Connection, a daring view of the universe, which rapidly became a classic work of popular science and inspired a generation of scientists and enthusiasts.

This seminal work is reproduced here for a whole new generation to enjoy.

In Sagan's typically lucid, lyrical style, he discusses many topics from astrophysics and solar system science, to colonization of other worlds, terraforming and the search for extraterrestrials.

Sagan conveys his own excitement and wonder, and relates the revelations of astronomy to the most profound human problems and concerns: issues that are just as valid today as they were 30 years ago.

New to this edition are Freeman Dyson's comments on Sagan's vision and the importance of the work, Ann Druyan's assessment of Sagan's cultural significance as a champion of science, and David Morrison's discussion of the advances made since 1973 and what became of Sagan's predictions.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 50 b/w illus.
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular science
  • ISBN: 9780521783033



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Sagan the scientist I had no problems with. Sagan the celebrity was a persona I could never warm to. His much feted television spectacular Cosmos was horribly overblown and sentimental - OK It was packaged for a gee whizz American audience but one that gazing up the heavens from a Kansas wheat field can see nothing for equally far out in a horizontal direction. Sagan's wonder at the universe always seemed to me to have sprung from the dungaree wearing, corn-chewing and pitchfork-holding good 'ol boys mentally. I read Cosmic Connection before Sagan was heard of in the UK and had a much more positive reaction before I knew his wide-eyed media schtick.The Cosmic Connection is a essentially a series of linked popular science newspaper columns. The kind of thing that provides your reading of the newspaper some relief from the stresses of political and economic wranglings. Lively and poppy, this is a interesting and entertaining if not deeply challenging read.

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