The idea spread astronomical knowledge and history of life through TV series and accompanied by a book of the same name the Universe has to Carl Sagan after the success of the project Viking landings on Mars, which he is an insider. The book is an independent work, exploiting its strengths to complement and parallel with the popular movie has attracted over 200 million viewers in over 60 countries. For the purpose set out so should the universe is not a book restricted topic astronomy, but also reaching into the field of biology, anthropology, history, philosophy, religion, referring to many issues such as natural selection and artificial, operation and evolution of the brain, the microcosm, reflecting the thoughts and concerns of the author of true science and pseudo-science, the fate of civilization in general, and the fate of mankind in particular.
Planet Earth is full of life and beauty to heart, which marks the creative hand of man turned out to just be a cranny ordinary, humble, nothing special if viewed from the distant Universe . But it was the shore starting the adventure travelers to the ocean vast universe of humanity was young, curious and courageous, though only by imagination and the indirect means such as visual or by the spaceship.
Even humans are only appeared a few million years on Earth, it is too short compared to the age of the Earth is 4.6 billion years, not to mention the age of the Universe. The evolution of the long solid life on Earth actually is just a tone, a single friend in the music of the universe many friends. Recounts evolution was outstanding with vivid example of the crabs take the samurai, Sagan pointed out the absurdity of the notion of an all-powerful Designer and insight is like God has created life forms. Affordable new God is the object created in the dream of a man, not vice versa?
Read the Universe, we learn many interesting surprises. For example, the human form is due to the ashes of the dead star, or cut an apple pie about nine dozen times we get a separate atoms. Or “speed of thought” of people that we still have a great fast as light actually “only the horizontal speed of a donkey carts.” It says so on to speak about the other, the author leads the reader goes through 13 chapters, to learn and reflect on the universe orderly and sentient, fetal escape from Chaos. Sagan knows how to stimulate “the imagination of readers pagan and maintain the excitement from the first page to the last page.” He combines very ingenious thinking of a reality rigorous scientist with the quality of a soaring romantic dreamer, plus the eloquence of a speaker.
Sagan himself lucky born into the era that first humans visited the other world to the ambitions of his astronomy is done. Developing human knowledge quickly that a philosopher like Auguste Comte lived here less than two centuries is inconceivable. The irony is that Comte stated an example not reached on a sort of knowledge always escape the reach of humans: humans would not be able to know the composition of stars and distant planets, because they can not how to get there to bring back samples. Who knew just three years after the Comte died, it has been discovered that can use spectrogram to determine the chemical composition of distant celestial bodies.
Space has been awarded the 1981 Hugo of the science fiction world. Itself Sagan, in addition to the prizes and medals for scientific research, was also awarded many awards for meritorious spread science to the public, such as the House humanities in 1981 of the Humanities and the United States, the Ca praise reason (In praise of reason award) in 1987 and the Commission’s 1991 Isaac Asimov scientific approach to the abnormal phenomena, Oersted medal of Physics Teachers Association of the United States.
Twelve-year-old decided to become an astronomer, twenty years old and received a bachelor’s degree humanities (BA), 21 received Bachelor of Science (BSc), 22 is a master physicist, 26 years old Dr. astronomy and astrophysics, Sagan is both talented scientists as the common medium of scientific excellence.
On the newspaper The Miami Herald remarked “excellence in scope and challenges of the suggestions. Book shimmer shine with a strange sense of wonder … I firmly believe that anyone holding this book are being sucked up onto it and feel inferior because it is. ”