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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent jumping point for further learning., January 22, 2011
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This review is from: Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking (DVD)
This is a fantastic mini-series from one of the brightest minds of our time. It invokes a lot of interesting thoughts concerning where science and technology may take us in the future. Somewhat sobering to realize what has happened to Stephen Hawking throughout his life and yet he still has a fantastic outlook on life.

Hopefully this series will be used in science classes throughout the globe rather than the old film strips I endured as a child. It serves as a great jump off point for further learning, creating a real passion for learning more about the subject matter presented.

This mini-series consists of 3 segments:
Aliens:
This segment takes an interesting look at whether life might exist outside of our planet and what forms it would take. It has a well reasoned approach to theorizing if life could potentially exist elsewhere. The most intriguing part is actually trying to imagine life that doesn't need to resemble anything we are currently familiar with. The segment is made all the more amazing after the recent discovery of life in a pool of arsenic.

Time Travel:
This is also fairly interesting in the way that Hawking presents his arguments for Time Travel and the possible uses we might make of the ability to do so. I don't want to say too much as it would give away his interesting take on the subject matter. Not necessarily what you might expect to hear from a scientist.

Everything:
This is the largest portion of the mini-series and by far the most interesting as Hawking explains what is essentially his expertise. He explains the effects of gravity on the formation of everything and how it all might someday end. He also takes a peek at the potential for our species to further ourselves and extend our existence beyond that of our humble Earth.
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jan 8, 2012 6:34:11 PM PST
bernie says:
Unless Amazon mixed up programs again this is the one disk Steven king speculation presentation not the excellent miniseries.
You might want to removed the review or re-write it for the proper product.
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
Run Time: 135 minutes

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 8:38:45 AM PDT
Raquor says:
Amazon must have screwed displaying things to you or something. My review is applied to the correct product.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 6:55:13 AM PDT
kelt4ever says:
the 1 disc blu-ray offered on this page is 129 minutes - the editorial comment from Amazon says 8 hrs mini series. The 3 segments that you refer to in your review are here on the 1 disc offer page - Is your review about the 129 minute disc or are is it a description of the 8 hr mini series?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2015 9:42:49 AM PST
Joe Gandalf says:
Now I'm even more confused: not only am I told that this is only 2+ hours (not 8), but it is by Steven King (& not Steven Hawking).
(tongue inserted firmly in cheek...)
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