Cosmos

Editora Companhia das Letras
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A mais inteligente e imaginativa reflexão sobre as dimensões geológicas, antropológicas, biológicas, históricas e astronômicas do universo.Escrito por um dos maiores divulgadores de ciência do século XX, Cosmos retraça 14 bilhões de anos de evolução cósmica, explorando tópicos como a origem da vida, o cérebro humano, hieróglifos egípcios, missões espaciais, a morte do sol, a evolução das galáxias e as forças e indivíduos que ajudaram a moldar a ciência moderna. Numa prosa transparente, Carl Sagan revela os segredos do planeta azul habitado por uma forma de vida que apenas começa a descobrir sua própria identidade e a se aventurar no vasto oceano do espaço sideral. Aqui, o tratamento dos temas científicos está sempre imbricado com outros campos de estudo tradicionais, como história, antropologia, arte e filosofia. Publicado pela primeira vez em 1980, Cosmos reúne alguns dos conhecimentos mais avançados da época sobre a natureza, a vida e o Universo — e se mantém até hoje como uma das mais importantes obras de divulgação científica da história. Embora diversas descobertas fascinantes tenham ocorrido nos últimos quarenta anos, o tema central deste livro nunca estará desatualizado: nosso fascínio pelo conhecimento e a prática da ciência como atividade cultural.
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Carl Sagan (1934-1996) foi professor de astronomia e ciências espaciais na Cornell University, agraciado com várias medalhas e prêmios por suas contribuições ao desenvolvimento e divulgação da ciência.
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Publisher
Editora Companhia das Letras
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Published on
Nov 6, 2017
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Pages
560
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ISBN
9788554510152
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Language
Portuguese (Portugal)
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Genres
Science / Astronomy
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Carl Sagan
A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace

“A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.”—Los Angeles Times

How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.

Praise for The Demon-Haunted World

“Powerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Compelling.”—USA Today

“A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference. . . . A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity.”—The Sciences

“Passionate.”—San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
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