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David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to ... See full summary »
Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them. Each episode examines how life differs for men and nature in some type of ... See full summary »
Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there ... See full summary »
Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.
Astronomer Dr. Carl Sagan is host and narrator of this 13-hour series that originally aired on Public Broadcasting Stations in the United States. Dr. Sagan describes the universe in a way that appeals to a mass audience, by using Earth as a reference point, by speaking in terms intelligible to non-scientific people, by relating the exploration of space to that of the Earth by pioneers of old, and by citing such Earth legends as the Library of Alexandria as metaphors for space-related future events. Among Dr. Sagan's favorite topics are the origins of life, the search for life on Mars, the infernal composition of the atmosphere of Venus and a warning about a similar effect taking place on Earth due to global pollution and the "greenhouse effect", the lives of stars, interstellar travel and the effects of attaining the speed of light, the danger of mankind technologically self-destructing, and the search, using radio technology, for intelligent life in deep space. Written by
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In many episodes we see a photo of Earth showing Africa in the upper left. That is the 'Blue Marble' photo taken in 1972 by Apollo 7 astronauts on their way to the moon. It is one of the most famous of all space photos, and for 30 years was the only full sunlight shot of Earth. See more »
[Flying the Spaceship of the Imagination]
Here we see another inhabited planet. I wonder what kind of new political ideas they have down there, what religions...
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Cosmos is, hands-down, the greatest educational series of all-time.
Even the wonderful (and highly recommended) history series Connections
can't hold a flame to the perfection of Cosmos. If you don't believe
me, look at the user ratings.
It makes me tear up that most of my friends and almost all Americans
don't know what Cosmos is (or what "cosmos" means), yet they can name
every Friends cast member and their character's name and quirks.
Computer graphics have come a long way since 1980, and just a few minor
scientific updates are needed, but the series was so far ahead of its
time that other than the spaceship deck set, the hair, and the clothes,
it doesn't seem dated in 2004. It won the Peabody and Emmy awards, and
remains to this day the most watched PBS series of all time (600+
million viewers in 60 countries).
The series is 13-hours, but ought to count as a three semester hour
(~45 hours of class) Intro to Cosmology college course. Sagan's ability
to communicate the essence of the cosmos and the history of scientific
discovery is concise and absorbs the viewer.
If ever there was a series that explained "life, the universe and
everything" (an appropriate quote from Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy), Cosmos is it. Cosmos takes the viewer on a journey from the
origin of the universe to the end of time and displays it as easily as
looking at a calendar on a wall (literally, at least from the origin
until present time!). Evolution of all life on Earth is condensed into
a simple animation only a few seconds long. A detailed history of the
origins and interactions between religion and science is engaging and
sure to provoke discourse between viewers. The series also explores the
massive capacities of information available in the brain and DNA
(virtually wiping aside "nature" in favor of "nurture"). Cosmos details
Mars and Venus and uses them to eloquently describe the "greenhouse
effect" and its possible repercussions on Earth. I could describe
episode by episode, by suffice it to say, it encompasses almost every
"big picture" question one could ask.
Some people knock Carl Sagan for seeming smug or turning from a
researcher to a public entertainer. I think of his entertainment as
education to a broader audience, and any smugness should be discounted
in favor of the information being conveyed. Sagan did society a
tremendous favor by making this series. This is the most digestible
science series I've ever seen. This should be required viewing for all
high school students (or elementary students in their later elementary
Whether you buy it, rent it, check it out from the library, or borrow
it from a friend, watch this series. Thanks to Cosmos, you will have a
better understanding of your universe.
(Incidentally, Sagan's speech is suspiciously similar in style to Agent
Smith's from the Matrix. I've never heard of Hugo Weaving crediting
Sagan as an inspiration but, intentionally or not, the similarity is
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