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Cosmos: Carl Sagan
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In the course of 13 fascinating hours, Cosmos spans its own galaxy of topics to serve Sagan's theme, each segment deepening our understanding of how we got from there (simple microbes in the primordial mud) to here (space-faring civilization in the 21st century). In his "ship of the imagination," Sagan guides us to the farthest reaches of space and takes us back into the history of scientific inquiry, from the ancient library of Alexandria to the NASA probes of our neighboring planets. Upon this vast canvas Sagan presents the "cosmic calendar," placing the 15-billion-year history of the universe into an accessible one-year framework, then filling it with a stunning chronology of events, both interstellar and earthbound.
From the lives of the stars to creation theories, functions of the human brain, and the ongoing search for extraterrestrial intelligence, Cosmos asks big questions. When appropriate, Sagan offers big answers, or asks still bigger--and yes, even spiritual--questions at the boundaries of science and religion. What's most remarkable about Cosmos is that it remains almost entirely fresh, with few updates needed to the science that Sagan so passionately celebrates. It is no exaggeration to say that Cosmos--for all the debate it may continue to provoke--is a vital document for humanity at a pivotal crossroads of our history. --Jeff Shannon
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As to "Cosmos" itself, like many people I could offer my testimony to it's quality. As a child (I think I was about 7 when I first saw it) "Cosmos" opened my mind to the possibilities of the Universe. I am glad that the information is still relevant today, and that the only thing dated about the production is Carl Sagan's turtlenecks.
Should I ever have children, "Cosmos" is the sort of thing I would like to share with them.
"Cosmos" was sheer inspiration as well as brilliant education, the perfect antidote to a bad day, the ultimate escapist television. As each episode closed and the poignant theme music played, it would inevitably bring me to tears. I was lucky enough to purchase the entire set before it went out of production. It was the first thing my son, now 28, wanted to borrow when he came home for a visit recently. I miss Carl Sagan's presence in the world more than I can say, ....
Within "Cosmos" is an assortment of discussions of the history of scientific ideas, as well as the personages who conceived and promoted those ideas. The collection includes such diverse fields as astronomy, theoretical physics, zoology / taxonomy, molecular biology, cosmology and chemistry.
Sagan takes his viewers on a tour of some of the most pivotal epochs in science history. Incorporated into the historical overview are such personages as Eratosthenes of Alexandria, Hypatia of Alexandria, Anaxagorous, Aristarchus of Samos, Archimedes, Democritus of Abderra, Aristotle, Johannes Kepler, Leonardo Davinci, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein (among others). Sagan does a wonderful job of recounting the intellectual milieu in which these pioneers lived, and also explains what inspired their revolutionary ideas.
There have been many scientific documentaries put out on video since the debut of "Cosmos." Virtually all of them, however, were influenced by Sagan. His vision was to make science more accessible to the general public, as opposed to being confined to the stuffy laboratories and lecture halls of academia. After all, the fruits and treasures of scientific discovery belong to all of us, not just a select educated few. It was not so long ago, however, that it was widely thought that laymen were not intelligent enough to follow the general principles of scientific polemics.Read more ›
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This is one of my favorite miniseries ever. Carl Sagan's awe and enthusiasm for science is easily transferable and easy to connect with. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by hawkeye
Awesome show. A real classic. But why does this DVD set cost more than twice as much as Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Blu-ray? Too expensive for out-dated, low quality medium like DVD.Published 4 days ago by Kevin
Carl Sagan's Cosmos is a gem of on the crown of the collective head of mankind, for its ability to inform us with deep and basic understanding of our universe and for being able to... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Matthew Larkins
Carl Sagan was the best, not only a great scientist (science has given us all of this wonderful technology we see today) but a even better Human being.Published 20 days ago by Jeffrey D. Keiffer
My husband had the VHS version so I got him the DVDs version! He is now a happy camper!!Published 1 month ago by Linda
Once again Carl Sagan proves why he became the face and voice of science. Watched this when it first aired, enjoyed it on repeats and taped it on VHS for home and classroom use... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Captain Breed
Long but very informative. A broad perspective of human's in the universe.Published 1 month ago by Hank
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|Does the 7 Disc DVD set retain the original Vangelis soundtrack?||
The original soundtrack IS INTACT here - and it has an isolated effects and Music track as well. :)
Apr 6, 2014 by Wyatt C. Clough | See all 3 posts
French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese. English caption as well.
Mar 29, 2014 by Amazon Customer | See all 2 posts
|Science Channel version?||
I'm wondering the same thing. Since the DVDs were released in 2002, they probably have Sagan's updates. I don't believe these have the Science Channel updates (you can buy the updated series from the Discovery Store). From Wikipedia: "In 2005 The Science Channel rebroadcast the series for... Read More
Dec 6, 2006 by S. Bank | See all 5 posts
|Fab DVD It remastered into wide screen?||
This was not remastered to 16:9. They have added menus in a 16:9 format, but the actual programming itself is presented in its original 4:3 fullscreen aspect ratio.
Sep 23, 2012 by Jack Burton | See all 6 posts
|how does it compare to the 2014 version of "Cosmos"?||
I find the new reboot considerably lacking in two main ways. First, for either philosophical or marketing motivations, it attempts to sensationalize science by presenting everything as "weird" and "unexpected" and "shocking" like a buzzfeed article. The problem with... Read More
Apr 11, 2014 by Steve Rogers | See all 4 posts
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