Sunday, July 6, 2014

The New Cosmos on DVD

Have you seen the new and quite spectacular version of Cosmos that was shown on the Fox network on Sunday nights recently? If not, you may want to check out the DVD, which has just been added to the library’s collection.

The new Cosmos is an updated version of the show hosted by Carl Sagan in 1980. Utilizing the latest in computer-generated graphics, along with animated scenes to help viewers understand the history of science, it is packed full of information presented in ways sure to appeal to a 21st century audience. With personal ties to Carl Sagan in executive producer Ann Druyan and host Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who was encouraged by Sagan to pursue a career in science, the show is also a touching homage to the man who first brought the story of the universe to television audiences.

Because there is a great deal of information to absorb in this program, you might want to further explore certain topics or discoveries or scientists on your own. If so, the library has an array of items to help you continue this spacetime odyssey. Listed here are just a few.

You might start by watching the old Cosmos. It is interesting to reflect on the difference that thirty years can make: in graphics, set design, the amount of information being presented, and how that information has changed and expanded over such a relatively short (astronomically-speaking) time.

Go on from there to some of the titles listed below. After that, let your “ship of the imagination” take you on journeys to other places that you've not yet explored.

One Universe; at home in the cosmos by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Charles Liu and Robert Irion
Newton by Peter Ackroyd
Halley and His Comet by Peter Lancaster-Brown
Broca’s Brain: reflections on the romance of science by Carl Sagan
Heart of Darkness: unraveling the mysteries of the invisible universe by Jeremiah P Ostriker and Simon Mitton
Portraits of Discovery: profiles of scientific genius by George Greenstein
The Sixth Extinction: an unnatural history by Elizabeth Kolbert

Happy voyaging.

Maryellen @ Warrenton

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