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Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking 1 Season 2010

Season 1
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Delve into the mind of the world's most famous living scientist and explore the splendor and majesty of the universe as never before. An event that will bend the mind, stretch the imagination and unleash the wonder. How did our universe begin? Could alien life be found in distant planets? Does our galaxy have a life expectancy? Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking is a fascinating look through the mind's eye of one of the finest brains on the planet.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking
Original air date:
May 2, 2010

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1. Aliens

"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'.

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2. Time Travel

"Is Time Travel Possible?" Hawking explores the world's favorite scientific 'what if?' warping the very fabric of time and space as he goes. From killing your grandfather to riding a black hole, see how time travel may actually come true.

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3. The Story of Everything

The world's most famous living scientist presents the wonders of the universe, revealing the splendor and majesty of the cosmos as never seen before. See how the universe began, how it creates stars, black holes and life -- and how everything will end.

CC TV-PG May 2, 2010 1 hour, 27 minutes
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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 Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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An entertaining and interesting program that helps explain some very difficult ideas in a way that the average person would understand.
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