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Cosmos, by Carl Sagan

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:41 am
by Johnnnnn
This is a good read for anyone interested in astronomy...

Cosmos : The story of cosmic evolution, science and civilisation,
by Carl Sagan

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:27 am
by ctr
I recently watched the entire series on DVD... Powerful Stuff! Carl Sagan is missed.

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:22 pm
by artyfarty
I particularly enjoy this short movie narrated by Carl Sagan - Click Here

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:30 pm
by sharon
The Cosmos films are available online. The link for the 1st one in the series is here. I have never watched them before, but have frequently heard about how fantastic they are. I think my evening entertainment is sorted for a few nights to come.

Isn't the internet great!

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:43 pm
by artyfarty
Praise the Lord for inventing the Internet :twisted:

Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:14 am
by Johnnnnn
sharon wrote:The Cosmos films are available online. The link for the 1st one in the series is here.
Thanks for the link. I have not seen the series, so I am looking forward to watching it. :D

Re: Cosmos, by Carl Sagan

Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:51 pm
by eoinyk1
I'm reading the sequel, Pale Blue Dot. Powerful stuff, especially first few chapters.

"There is in this Universe much of what seems to be design. But instead, we repeatedly discover that natural processes - collisional selection of worlds, say, or natural selection of gene pools, or even the convection pattern in a pot of boiling water - can extract order out of chaos, and deceive us into deducing purpose where there is none.

"The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life's meaning. We long for a Parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable.

"If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal."

Re: Cosmos, by Carl Sagan

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:50 pm
by Atticus Bickle
I have the TV series on DVD. Classic. Only Bronowski's The Ascent of Man comes close.

Do the books keep with the TV series or do they offer more?