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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Great to see these again for a reasonable cost. Though I didn't know I'd have to choose the menu language everytime. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Justin R. Spielman
The explanations, stories, and sheer amount of science that you'll get from this series is phenomenal. I've watched it twice in the last year. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nate Lowry
Yes, it is dated, but still a classic attempt to get the layman interested in science and the Cosmos. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JimEC
Carl Sagan does a brilliant job of explaining complex scientific theories in a way that people far less intelligent than he can understand. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donnie
I have this on VHS but I want it on DVD. I remember seeing it on PBS back in the 80's. Totally loved this program. Also I was lucky enough to meet Carl Sagan in 1993. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cosmos and Carl Sagan, they go hand in hand. The series would not be the same if it had had anyone else in his place. When this series came out, I was hooked. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anne Craven
This is a very enjoyable way to learn about history and the universe. You will discover a whole new experience.Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth
"Cosmos" may have been awe inspiring in 1980, but today it seems slightly quaint at best - in the same way an old cassette tape of REO Speedwagon might seem slightly... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Max Roga