Cosmos: Possible Worlds
• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic; Illustrated Edition (February 25, 2020)
This sequel to Carl Sagan’s blockbuster continues the electrifying journey through space and time, connecting with worlds billions of miles away and envisioning a future of science tempered with wisdom.
Based on National Geographic’s internationally-renowned television series, this groundbreaking and visually stunning book explores how science and civilization grew up together. From the emergence of life at deep-sea vents to solar-powered starships sailing through the galaxy, from the Big Bang to the intricacies of intelligence in many life forms, acclaimed author Ann Druyan documents where humanity has been and where it is going, using her unique gift of bringing complex scientific concepts to life. With evocative photographs and vivid illustrations, she recounts momentous discoveries, from the Voyager missions in which she and her husband, Carl Sagan, participated to Cassini-Huygens’s recent insights into Saturn’s moons. This breathtaking sequel to Sagan’s masterpiece explains how we humans can glean a new understanding of consciousness here on Earth and out in the cosmos–again reminding us that our planet is a pale blue dot in an immense universe of possibility.
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"The universe makes galaxies. Galaxies make stars. Stars make worlds."
Using the Cosmic Calendar as a guide, Ann Druyan takes us on a trip through time and space in Cosmos: Possible Worlds. Written in a way for anyone to understand, Ann uses stories to make the science of the universe come alive. Beginning with the start of life on Earth might seem like an impossible amount of information to fit into book,; however, only selected important advancements in science are highlighted throughout time. Throughout all of these scientific advancements, humans quest for knowledge along with our ability to adapt to new situations is overwhelming. I was continually amazed at human's capability to wonder and explore beyond what we can see. Throughout Cosmos the stage is set for human's capability to find and explore new worlds beyond our own. Hope is given that other worlds exist that are capable of supporting life as well as human life, just as Carl Sagan imagined.
About Ann Druyan
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.