Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey explores how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. It brings to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge and transports viewers to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest scale.
Cosmos invents new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and re-invents celebrated elements of the legendary 1980 series hosted by Carl Sagan, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination. The most profound scientific concepts are presented with stunning clarity, uniting skepticism and wonder, and weaving rigorous science with the emotional and spiritual into a transcendent experience.
Bonus features: "Library of Congress Dedication," "Cosmos at Comic-Con," "Cosmos: A Vision Reborn," and "Interactive Cosmic Calendar."
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”Standing Up in the Milky Way” The Ship of the Imagination, unfettered by ordinary limits on speed and size, drawn by the music of cosmic harmonies, can take us anywhere in space and time. It has been idling for more than three decades, and yet it has never been overtaken. Its global legacy remains vibrant. Now, it's time once again to set sail for the stars.
”The Rivers of Life” Life is transformation. Artificial selection turned the wolf into the shepherd and all the other canine breeds we love today. And over the eons, natural selection can sculpt the exquisitely complex human eye out of a microscopic patch of pigment.
”When Knowledge Conquered Fear” There was a time, not so long ago, when natural events could only be understood as gestures of divine displeasure. We will witness the moment that all changed, but firstThe Ship of the Imagination is in the brooding, frigid realm of the Oort Cloud, where a trillion comets wait. Our Ship takes us on a hair-raising ride, chasing a single comet through its million-year plunge towards the Sun.
"Hiding in the Light" The Window on the Past in the Ship of the Imagination reveals a two thousand year old Chinese movie, the violent suppression of free thought and speech by China’s first emperor and makes us an eyewitness to the world’s first book-burning.
”A Sky Full of Ghosts” An exploration of how light, time and gravity combine to distort our perceptions of the universe. We eavesdrop on a series of walks along a beach on summer nights in the year 1809. William Herschel, whose many discoveries include the insight that telescopes are time machines, tells bedtime stories to his young son, John, who will grow up to make some rather profound discoveries of his own. A menacing stranger lurks nearby. All three of them figure into the fun house reality of tricks.
”Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still” Science casts its Cloak of Visibility over everything, including Neil himself, to see him as a man composed of his constituent atoms. The Ship of the Imagination takes us on an epic voyage to the bottom of a dewdrop to discover the exotic life forms and violent conflict that's unfolding there. We return to the surface to encounter life's ingenious strategies for sending its ancient message into the future.
”The Clean Room” The little known but heroic story of a guy from Iowa that can’t really be told without going all the way back to the time long before the Earth was formedto the origin of the elements in the hearts of
”Sisters of the Sun” The constellation of the Pleiades provides a vehicle for us to explore a series of paradoxes and epochal discoveries for humanity. The untold story of the modern "sisters of the sun," the early 20th century female astronomers, led by two deaf women, at Harvard who catalogued the stars. It's also the story of the young British woman who joined forces with them, her defiance of the world's leading expert, and how she taught the world what the stars are really made of.
”The Electric Boy” Our world of high technology and instantaneous
electronic communication with each other and with our robotic emissaries at the
solar system’s frontier, is de-mystified through the inspiring life story of the man whose genius Albert Einstein revered.
”The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth” The Ship of the Imagination takes us on a journey through space and time to grasp how the autobiography of the Earth is written in its atoms, its oceans, its continents, and all living things.
”The Immortals” Must we die? Are there beings in the cosmos who live forever, traveling on an endless journey down the river of time?.
”The World Set Free” Our journey begins with a trip to another world and time, an idyllic beach during the last perfect day on the planet Venus. A runaway greenhouse effect wreaks havoc on the planet, boiling the oceans and turning the skies a sickening yellow.
”Unafraid of the Dark” We’re ready to perform an experiment. It’s a thought experiment so all you’ll need is brain. If you do it correctly, the vastness and mystery of the cosmos is the inescapable result.
Comments about Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Blu-ray:
The two episodes I have seen are well written, visually stunning, entertaining, educational and very well hosted. I thank all the people involved for their courage to see the wonderous, mysterious and sometimes unexplainable world (life) as it really is.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend