Renowned writer, professor, astronomer and NASA adviser, the late Carl Sagan – a lover of science and nature – was full of wonder. For decades, Sagan was outer space for readers and viewers everywhere. A best-selling author, a regular on talk shows and on his own broadcasts, Sagan became an Earth-bound Obi-Wan Kenobi, explaining and marveling at the universe for an audience that – over decades – grew up or grew older with Sagan as a constant presence. Sagan was a showman, too, and at times could appear slick or glib, but his passion for outer space and for persuading humans to take a more universal and less angry view of existence never lessened.
This classic provides a synthesis of existing scientific knowledge of cosmology. It’s also Sagan’s love letter to the universe: a heartfelt, engaging and poetic exploration in which he shares his love and knowledge through prose and an astonishing array of deep-space photographs, illustrations, charts and graphs.