Carl Sagan's Cosmos 
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CARL SAGAN'S COSMOS - A PERSONAL VOYAGE
Cosmos tells the fascinating story of how nearly fifteen billion years of cosmic evolution transformed matter and life into consciousness, of how science and civilisation grew up together and of the forces and individuals who helped shape modern science.
Astronomer Dr. Carl Sagan is host and narrator of this amazing 13-hour series which originally aired on the BBC in the UK and on Public Broadcasting Stations in the United States in 1980 and has since been broadcast in over 60 countries worlwide to a global audience of more than 500 million
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.
Now remastered and restored, this multi-Primetime Emmy Award winning masterpiece, featuring music from Vangelis, is regarded as one of, if not, the greatest scientific series of all time
COSMOS: A SPACE-TIME ODYSSEY
Following Sagan's death in 1996, his widow Ann Druyan, the co-creator of the original Cosmos series along with Steven Soter, a producer from the series, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, sought to create a new version of the series, aimed to appeal to as wide an audience as possible.
Step foward none other than Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, Ted, American Dad, The Cleveland Show amongst others
Influenced by Cosmos as a child, MacFarlane believed that Cosmos served to 'bridge the gap between the academic community and the general public'.
Having met Tyson in 2008, MacFarlane told Tyson, 'I'm at a point in my career where I have some disposable income and I'd like to spend it on something worthwhile'.
Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey was commissoned in 2011 & is due to be broadcast in the US on 10th March 2014 and on 16th March in the UK on SKY1 and the National Geographic channel.
'Carl Sagan's masterpiece, probably the most important reason I got interested in astronomy'. --Professor Brian Cox
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Therefore, I was in two minds of whether to purchase this DVD set. after all, a series from 1980 would likely be dated both graphically, and scientifically. In the end, the £7.50 price tag together with a glass or three of Pinot grigio swung it.
Two days later - as is the usual case with wonderful Amazon.co.uk - the set was in my hands. I decided to watch the first episode in the early evening before switching over to the football at 7.45.
I was still watching Cosmos at 1AM in the morning, and couldn't give a damn about the scoreline between Crystal Palace and Cardiff city. Quite simply, this series is mesmorising. As much about life on earth, the Human Mind and how, as a species, we could exist if we tried, as it is about Astronomy. Carl Sagan's "personal voyage" doesn't just focus on actual scientific How and Why, but insipres an awe and wonder and expansion of the mind that I've not felt since I was a small child. (I am now in my late 30s).
To detail each episode here would for me seem like robbing any potential buyers of that same feeling upon hearing carl's wonderful voice as he takes the viwer on the journey to that new viewpoint, so I won't even try.
If it was within my power to do so, every world leader from David Cameron to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be forced to watch this series upon assuming leadership of their country. Especially episode 13.
Please.. buy it, watch it, and never look at a dandelion seedhead in the same way again. You will never spend a wiser £7.50.
DISC 1 (run time 180 mins)
Episode One: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean -
Travelling through space and time, Carl steers back to earth from 8 million light years away through galaxies, star clusters and pulsars. He visits what was the greatest seat of learning in 3rd century Alexandria and gives us a CGI glimpse of the fantastic library and the scrolls of manuscripts from that time, written by the earliest scientists and mathematicians, tactfully omitting the reasons why they were all destroyed.
Episode Two: One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue -
Carl seeks the origins of life, examining evolutionary processes, natural selection, organic chemistry and DNA replication.
Episode Three: Harmony Of Worlds -
Exploring the science of Astronomy versus the superstition of Astrology, Carl explains the science of planetary motion and the work of Johannes Kepler.
DISC 2 (run time 180 mins)
Episode Four: Heaven and Hell. -
This episode offers models of how the planets condensed and how they offer an explanation of the evolution of our solar system.
Episode Five: - Blues for a Red Planet.
In this episode, Carl reviews the progress in scientific knowledge about Mars.
Episode Six:- Traveller's Tales -
In Carl's CGI spaceship, he tours and examines the planets, with data about Jupiter as it arrived at the NASA labs from Voyager II.
DISC 3 (run time 180 mins)
Episode Seven: The Backbone of Night -
Theories of the stars, including a review of the ever present constellations and how humans have attempted to organise the heavens.
Episode Eight: Journeys in Space and Time. -
Carl explains a 'light year,' the limitations of travel between stars, Doppler shifting and interstellar ships.
Episode Nine: The Lives of the Stars. -
In this episode, Carl discusses molecules, atoms and sub-atomic particles including the development of, and eventual collapse, of stars.
DISC 4 (run time 180 mins)
Episode Ten; The Edge of Forever. -
Carl compares scientific theory with Hindu beliefs in a review of the vastness and origin of the universe.
Episode Eleven: The Persistence of Memory. -
Searching for the essence of intelligence, Carl observes humpback whales and the human brain and nervous system.
Episode Twelve: Encyclopaedia Galactica. -
Carl examines the methods of looking for and dealing with life from other parts of the universe.
DISC 5 (run time 60 mins)
Episode Thirteen: Who Speaks for the Earth? -
Warnings for the future, embodying the ideas of cosmic evolution, scientific approach and the limitations of the human species.
It gets an "I love it" five stars because not only did I enjoyed it immensely - but so did my 8 year old daughter - who now wants to be just like Carl.