Comet

Comet

by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

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Overview

What are these graceful visitors to our skies? We now know that they bring both life and death and teach us about our origins.

Comet begins with a breathtaking journey through space astride a comet. Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos and Contact, and writer Ann Druyan explore the origin, nature, and future of comets, and the exotic myths and portents attached to them. The authors show how comets have spurred some of the great discoveries in the history of science and raise intriguing questions about these brilliant visitors from the interstellar dark.

Were the fates of the dinosaurs and the origins of humans tied to the wanderings of a comet? Are comets the building blocks from which worlds are formed?

Lavishly illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned full-color paintings, Comet is an enthralling adventure, indispensable for anyone who has ever gazed up at the heavens and wondered why.

Praise for Comet


"Simply the best." The Times of London

"Fascinating, evocative, inspiring." The Washington Post

"Comet humanizes science. A beautiful, interesting book." —United Press International

"Masterful . . . science, poetry, and imagination." —The Atlanta Journal & Constitution

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345412225
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/25/1997
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 772,770
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Carl Sagan served as the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo spacecraft expeditions, for which he received the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and (twice) for Distinguished Public Service.   His Emmy- and Peabody–winning television series, Cosmos, became the most widely watched series in the history of American public television. The accompanying book, also called Cosmos, is one of the bestselling science books ever published in the English language. Dr. Sagan received the Pulitzer Prize, the Oersted Medal, and many other awards—including twenty honorary degrees from American colleges and universities—for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment. In their posthumous award to Dr. Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his “research transformed planetary science . . . his gifts to mankind were infinite.” Dr. Sagan died on December 20, 1996.

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Comet 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it would not be up to date because of Carl's death. I was wrong. I loved this book. It had a lot of detail about comets that is not generally known. It also has the history of what people thought through the ages.
Gilbert_M_Stack 10 months ago
The science fiction lover in me drives me to read the occasional popular science text such as A Brief History of Time or Comet by Sagan and Druyan. This is an excellent survey of our understanding of comets for the non-specialist. It opens with a long historiography of the ancient, medieval and early modern world’s view of comets as harbingers of disaster. Then moves into the scientists who evolved our current understanding of these fascinating celestial bodies. Halley and Newton stood out most strongly to me, but they were by no means the only ones. The book winds up with explorations of the probable impact (pun intended) of comets on the development of our planet and the life upon it. If you’ve any curiosity about any of these issues, you’re likely to greatly enjoy Comet.
Gilbert_M_Stack 10 months ago
The science fiction lover in me drives me to read the occasional popular science text such as A Brief History of Time or Comet by Sagan and Druyan. This is an excellent survey of our understanding of comets for the non-specialist. It opens with a long historiography of the ancient, medieval and early modern world’s view of comets as harbingers of disaster. Then moves into the scientists who evolved our current understanding of these fascinating celestial bodies. Halley and Newton stood out most strongly to me, but they were by no means the only ones. The book winds up with explorations of the probable impact (pun intended) of comets on the development of our planet and the life upon it. If you’ve any curiosity about any of these issues, you’re likely to greatly enjoy Comet.
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Shall we?
sadieNV More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting book, detailing the history of the study of comets and the major scientists involved. There is a small frustration in that, of course, this was written some time ago and is a little out of date but if you can look past this, I highly recommend it. The title may sound a little dry but the book flowed really well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again the genius of Carl Sagan comes through magnificently as he takes us through the depths of interstellar space and the winding road of History to learn about one of the most fascinating phenomena in the Universe. 'Comet' should be a textbook for grades 6 through College. It's that good--no, excellant a book. It told me things that even I didn't know. Fantastic Work, Carl and Ann!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was good and gave alot of good examples this book deserves an award
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bites it carefullly and cums
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Yup