Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking 1 Season 2010

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Season 1
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"Are We Alone?" An eye-popping journey from the moons of Jupiter to a galaxy perhaps not so far, far away in search of alien life. We'll see what aliens might look like, question what it means to be alive, and calculate the odds of making 'contact'.

Starring:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
April 25, 2010

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Martin Williams
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking
Season year 2010
Network Discovery Channel
Producers Ben Bowie, John Cavanagh, Amy Foster, Rory Griffin, Sara Kenney, Iain Riddick, Ruth Roberts, John Smithson, Sarah Winslow, Susan Winslow, Mark Wright, Mark Wright
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katie Becnel on March 29, 2011
It goes without saying that this subject matter is incredibly complex, but Stephen Hawking makes everything easy to understand in this show. I watch The Universe shows when they rerun and I've read a couple books on theories of the workings of the cosmos, but this show is better than either at putting things into perspective and relating the scales of the miniscule to the ever-expanding, which my mind never grasp before. The graphics are awesome, watch on a large HD tv if you can (but were still awesome on my 19" tv from 2003).

As a bonus, Stephen Hawking is funny! I wish they would make more of these.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By StarNet27 on June 6, 2010
This is a refined vision that will hopefully lead to greater works by contributing scientists. You are not going to become a physicist after watching it, but it will inspire you and many others for a better understanding. This has raised the bar for science documentaries. If as much effort went into educational engineering, we would all be a lot more motivated to learn and polish the direction of humanity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LENNY on October 13, 2013
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A BIT DATED BUT STILL VERY INFORMATIONAL IN GENERAL. IF YOUR A SCI-FI BUFF I SUGGEST THIS SERIES. KEPT MY ATTENTION START TO FINISH.
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The program (and others like it) have time and again reminded us that "you have to think in four dimensions". Well, not to sound too immature about this, but ... duh.

Is time travel a possibility? Probably, but only for discreet particles, and not in the way you and I normally think about it when we think about sci-fi fiction in books and films. In short, here's why I think time travel, and this program, are dumb ideas: Imagine you built yourself a time machine in your office. And you're going to visit what the land was like two-thousand years before your home was built. You set your date, hit the "magic button", and your machine goes to work.

You are teleported 2000 years into the past. And you die. Why? You see black, you see stars, and then all the gases and fluids evacuate from your body into space because of the pressure difference before your body is frozen in the deep cold of space. Why? Because you "time travelled" backwards, but the Earth isn't where you thought it would be.

The Earth has eight motions. It wobbles in relation to the sun. It wobbles in relation to the moon. But it also orbits the sun. Ah, but the sun also orbits the galactic center in our spiral arm of the Milky Way. And, the Milky Way galaxy itself is accelerating away from the center of the Big Bang, and, on top of that, the Milky Way is moving toward a massive collection of galactic centers called "the great attractor".

So, all those scientists, including Hawking, who tell us that we have to think in four dimensions, are correct. The question is; do they?

There's also one other factor involved, but I'm going to couple that with a layman's article to Scientific American.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chris on May 19, 2013
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Its educational and abstract, but done on a level that the average non- mathematician can follow. The graphical representations are great also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James F. on January 29, 2014
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I guess even at 61 I am still a dreamer just like Professor Hawking.The graphics on my new amazon Samsung TV are awesome.
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A good "survey" course of the current state of our understanding of the universe. Enthusiastically presented by Hawking and the narator. I would recommend it for anyone lacking a strong background in science, but who is interested in what lies beyond the limits of our tiny planet. Might just stimulate a high school aged person to look more carefully at STEM type courses.
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By Bird3 on March 15, 2014
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Listening to Stephen Hawking is a treat, because even through a computer his sense of humor shines through. The visuals in this program are awesome.
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