Cosmos - Carl Sagan [Full Screen Collector's Edition] [7 Discs]
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Complete Landmark TV Series - 13 One Hour Episodes
I: The Shores Of the Cosmos
II: One Voice In the Cosmic Fugue
III: The Harmony Of the Worlds
IV: Heaven and Hell
V: Blues For A Red Planet
VI: Travellers' Tales
VII: The Backbone of Night
VIII: Travels In Space and Time
IX: The Lives Of the Stars
X: The Edge Of Forever
XI: The Persistence Of Memory
XII: Encyclopedia Galactica
XIII: Who Speaks For Earth?
When Cosmos was first broadcast in 1980, our world--and the context of Carl Sagan's eloquent "personal journey"--was a different place. The late Dr. Sagan would be pleased to witness the cooling of the cold war, the continued exploration of space, and ongoing efforts to curb our destructive dependence on fossil fuels. For Sagan's series is far more than a guided tour through "billions and billions" of stars and galaxies. It remains a profound plea for the unity of humankind, for the recognition that "we are a way for the universe to know itself," with an obligation to know our origin, our place in the universe, and our future potential.
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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However, anyone with a university degree will probably be familiar with the science Dr. Sagan speaks of. The shining jewel of COSMOS is not its scientific content, but its deeply humanistic message of hope. We have all heard about the cruelty of the so called "real world" and "human nature." But Dr. Sagan shows us that human bravery and intelligence has transformed our world for the better and that our world is what we make of it. In one of the most poignant moments of the entire series, Dr. Sagan describes the human longing for an explanation of the universe as an eternal part of our species. We, citizens of the 21st century, are the first generation of human beings priviledged with some of the answers to the questions that have fascinated our ancestors.
Dr. Sagan also outlines the philosophy and history of science. This is especially essential to today's society in which science has become increasing gadgety.Read more ›
This personal voyage also imprinted on me as I watched Cosmos week after week, As I too was interested in the Stars of the Heavens. Later I would read several books authored by Dr. Carl Sagan, to try to get to know him better, I am also into science fiction so reading `Contact' by Carl was a must. Sadly I didn't finish the book because I felt it was too boring, thus I felt Carl was not a very good sci-fi writer. (naturally some of you may think I'm wrong)
Anyway, back to business. Watching Cosmos again was a real thrill for me as it took me back all those years, even so, this TV Series back then and even now has no equal. If religion has the Dalai Lama, then science has Carl Sagan, he presented Cosmos in a way that you can understand it, and after each episode, you would walk away feeling you knew something that you didn't know before. The series is just as fresh now as when it first appeared back in 1980.
History Lesson 1: Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.
Now a bit about the show.
This thirteen-part television series was written by Dr. Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter, with Carl Sagan as the show's presenter. It covered a wide range of scientific subjects including the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe.Read more ›
This landmark series narrated and co-written by astronomer, astrophysicist, professor, and author Dr. Carl Edward Sagan (Nov. 1934 to Dec. 1996) is the most watched series in public television history.
Sagan takes us on "a personal voyage" through the cosmos (from the Greek meaning universe, harmony) in his "ship of the imagination."
To me, this series is and was so popular for many reasons. One reason is the diversified scientific information (especially historical information) it presents. Along with this you have Sagan's narration with his deep, articulate, punctuating voice. As well, the background music (classical, electronic, and even some "Pink Floyd") is superb and all images (with some new footage) are mesmerizing.
There are many things Sagan says that makes you think. For example, the words that title this review are the first words Sagan utters. Other personal favorite quotations include:
(1) "The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics but it is not the path to knowledge. And there's no place for it in the endeavor of science."
(2) "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
(3) "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
(4) "The Earth and every living thing are made of star stuff."
(5) "You have to know the past to understand the present."
There is no need to update this series. However, brief updates are provided for many episodes. Sagan narrates these updates that were recorded a decade after the original broadcast.
To get an idea of the wide-range of topics covered, I will give the names of the chapters or scenes of each episode.Read more ›
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It's a classic piece that we wanted to have on cd. Great father's dayPublished 1 month ago by Maria Papa
One disc badly scratched. Could not watch episode 5. What can be done about this?Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my husband for Christmas. He loves Carl Sagan and we enjoy watching this together.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have watched Cosmos over and over again. And after a time, I will watch it again. There is just so much to learn in this world of ours. I would absolutely recommend this DVD.Published 8 months ago by Gail Matheson
The original Cosmos has proven to be indeed timeless. The observations, concepts and sentiments presented there in rang true when they were first put forth and many have become... Read morePublished on June 22 2014 by RICHARD MENDEZ
An absolute classic. Great in the context of the period and for its great foresight.
Also a great foundational reference for the latest Cosmos series with Neal Degrasse Tyson.