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The Cosmos: A Beginner's Guide

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"Weighty stuff, presented with a light touch" --Daily Mail (U.K.)

"Lucid, informative, and personable" --The Times (U.K.)

Scientists explore the universe in this BBC documentary series

Where did the universe come from? Where is it headed? Does it harbor intelligent life elsewhere? Today, sophisticated technology is bringing scientists closer and closer to answering those big questions. Join veteran science educator Adam Hart-Davis and his colleagues as they meet investigators probing the very nature of the cosmos--at the edges of space, as well as right here on Earth. Go far beneath Geneva as a supercollider attempts to unlock the secrets of the Big Bang. Follow humankind’s deepest space probe as it travels beyond our solar system. And see the spectacular, often violent events revealed by new-generation telescopes and sensors. This eye-opening, six-part series shows how scientists are using ingenious tools to achieve breakthroughs in understanding the stars, planets, and our place among them.

Author, broadcaster, and educator Adam Hart-Davis holds a doctoral degree from York University. In addition to presenting numerous television and radio documentaries, he has written more than two dozen books, mostly on popular science.


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12-page viewer’s guide with the life cycle of a star, and articles on the European Space Agency, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, communicating with aliens, and the search for Earth-like exoplanets
Gallery of Apollo astronauts
Plus discussion questions and a timeline of space exploration milestones at athenalearning.com
SDH subtitles

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004H0ZH8E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 8, 2011
Format: DVD
"THE HUNT FOR ANOTHER EARTH IS ON." E.T. for real! Space science presented at layman's' level. Astronomy too in "The COSMOS: A Beginner's Guide." The visual images and footage are amazing and breathtaking. It's the fastest three hours of scientific documentary educational viewing you may ever see. A joy to behold while you are learning. Space science doesn't have all the answers, but they have some cosmic-tech equipment. It's all come a long way since Sputnik and the US first manned space travel.

Adam Hart-Davis has a doctoral degree, but knows how to present science in common language and with entertaining style. This BBC show travels the world to see how outer space is being investigated and documented.
BONUS includes a viewer's guide with additional information. A "Gallery of Apollo Astronauts" pictures 24 men individually along with text facts.
SUBTITLES--SUBTITLES--SUBTITLES--SUBTITLES

Six episodes, 169 minutes total, 2 discs.
1 LIFE in the COSMOS
___Meet Alien hunters and SETI Institute (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence). Potential of an estimated 10,000 detectable, communicatable civilizations are in our galaxy. Are there alien life-forms and can we communicate? Bacteria & micro-organisms search for on Mars and beyond.

2 BUILDING the UNIVERSE
___How was the Universe made? Geneva, Switzerland, is recreating the Big Bang. The Big Bang theory (explosive creative event 14 billion years ago) developed after Edwin Hubble's 1920s study. New evidence is uncovered. This episode also shows the probe of stardust.

3 SEEING the UNIVERSE
___State-of-the-art tech telescopes view the cosmos. Can they see back in time? Hubble Space telescope and the artists show space beyond in color. As good as a fine art lesson.
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My husband loves space documentaries, so he was very excited to have the chance to review The Cosmos - A Beginners Guide, which will debut on DVD from Athena on March 29th, 2011. This exciting series gives you an exciting look at what is going on the universe we live in. Hosted by author, broadcaster and educator Adam Hart Davis, this six part series is available on DVD in America for the very first time.

There were a few things I liked about this series. First, each episode is only about half an hour, which is just enough info without being overwhelming. And I also thought it was told in a way that was easy for the average person to understand. Some of the space documentaries require a PHD to know what they are talking about. But with The Cosmos, you can sit back and learn something new without needing to break out the encyclopedia. You will learn where the universe came from, where its headed, and if there is a possibility of life on other planets. The box set comes with two discs that includes the following episodes:

Episode 1: Life is the Cosmos
Episode 2: Building the Universe
Episode 3: Seeing the Universe
Episode 4: Space Exploration
Episode 5:Violent Universe
Episode 6: Other Worlds

In addition to the full set of six episodes, the DVD set also includes a 12 page viewer's guide with the life cycle of a star and articles on the European Space Agency and more as well as a gallery of Apollo astronauts. If you love a good documentary on the many mysteries of space, than this is the box set for you.

***Complimentary copy received in exchange for an honest review***
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