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Title:
Cosmos : possible worlds
ISBN:
9781426219085
Physical Description:
383 pages : illustrations (chielfy color) ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Companion text to television series of same title.
Contents:
Ladder to the stars -- Oh, Mighty King -- Lost city of life -- Vavilov -- The cosmic connectome -- The man of a trillion worlds -- The search for intelligent life on earth -- The sacrifice of Cassini -- Magic without lies -- A tale of two atoms -- The fleeting grace of the habitable zone -- Coming of age in the Anthropocene -- A possible world.
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Cosmos: Possible Worlds travels through more than 14 billion years of cosmic evolution and into an astonishing future where probes travel by light beams to distant stars, helping us solve enduring mysteries of our origins and dream toward an unimaginable time ahead. --
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With lucid prose that recalls the best-selling and beloved Cosmos, Ann Druyan takes readers on an extraordinary journey through the vast and unexplored realms of Earth and space, past and future, fact and imagination. Written and published in coordination with the sensational international television debut of a second season of National Geographic's Cosmos,Cosmos Possible Worlds travels through more than 14 billion years of cosmic evolution and into an astonishing future where probes travel by light beams to distant stars, helping us solve enduring mysteries of our origins and dream of an unimaginable time ahead. Along the way, we meet the colorful characters who push beyond the boundaries of knowledge--both the little-known but monumental visionaries of the past and the scientists whose work is shaping our future. Color photographs, art, and diagrams based on graphics created for the television series--plus a foreword by Neil deGrasse Tyson, best-selling author, wildly popular science commentator, and host of Cosmos on the National Geographic Channel--complete this highly anticipated package.


Author Notes

ANN DRUYAN is a celebrated writer and producer who co-authored many bestsellers with her late husband, Carl Sagan. She also famously served as creative director of the Voyager Golden Record, sent into space 40 years ago. Druyan continues her work as an interpreter of the most important scientific discoveries, partnering with NASA and the Planetary Society. She has served as Secretary of the Federation of American Scientists and is a laureate of the International Humanist Academy. Most recently, she received both an Emmy and Peabody Award for her work in conceptualizing and writing National Geographic's first season of Cosmos.


Table of Contents

Prologuep. 15
1 Ladder to the Starsp. 28
2 Oh, Mighty Kingp. 60
3 Lost City of Lifep. 88
4 Vavilovp. 114
5 The Cosmic Connectomep. 144
6 The Man of a Trillion Worldsp. 174
7 The Search for Intelligent Life on Earthp. 198
8 The Sacrifice of Cassinip. 226
9 Magic Without Liesp. 252
10 A Tale of Two Atomsp. 278
11 The Fleeting Grace of the Habitable Zonep. 308
12 Coming of Age in the Anthropocenep. 332
13 A Possible Worldp. 348
Acknowledgmentsp. 372
Further Readingp. 376
Illustrations Creditsp. 377
Indexp. 379