http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgo1uObQ3Js If you're enjoying the Cosmos series, you might enjoy these lectures by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which I discovered yesterday is now on Netflix. The lectures are fairly far ranging covering things like string theory, dark matter, dark energy, gravitational anomalies, and many other things. If you're well read in science, a lot of this might … Continue reading Neil deGrasse Tyson in ‘The Inexplicable Universe’
Corey Powell, and editor at Discover Magazine, and Steven Sotor, co-writer of the new Cosmos series, have been having a back and forth about Giordano Bruno, who was highlighted in the first Cosmos episode. Your suggestion that Giordano Bruno was not the first to realize that the stars are suns is mistaken. You cited his … Continue reading Battle of the “Cosmos,” Round 3 – Out There | Discovermagazine.com
Cosmos co-writer Steven Sotor has responded to Corey Powell's criticism of Cosmos's highlighting of Giordano Bruno on its opening episode. Powell published the response on his blog, and responded in turn. Powell writes that the new Cosmos is “downright wrong” because “Bruno was not the first to link the idea of infinite space with the infinite glory … Continue reading Defending Giordano Bruno: A Response from the Co-Writer of “Cosmos” – Out There | Discovermagazine.com
As I suspected, there's consternation about Cosmos's highlighting of Giordano Bruno, and not all of it is coming from religious apologists. In Cosmos, Tyson does carefully say that Bruno was not a scientist, and instead describes that picture of infinite worlds as a “guess.” But Bruno was not guessing. He was advancing his own, heretical … Continue reading Did “Cosmos” Pick the Wrong Hero?
I have to say I enjoyed it. There's some grousing online about all the glitz, but it should be remembered what the target audience is here, people who aren't necessarily science literate yet. You also have to remember that the original Cosmos had its share of glitz. It might not look like it by today's … Continue reading Cosmos is a winner
Neal DeGrasse Tyson did an interview with HuffPost on the upcoming Cosmos series. I suspect we'll see more of these before the weeks out. Things are looking up for Neil deGrasse Tyson--way up. As the director of the Hayden Planetarium and the author of several popular books on space, Tyson is already one of the … Continue reading Why Revive ‘Cosmos?’ Neil DeGrasse Tyson Says Just About Everything We Know Has Changed
This article on Carl Sagan has been up for several days, so many of you might have seen it already, but I just got around to reading it today. I was a Sagan fan, so I enjoyed it a great deal. It's an excellent profile of what he believed and accomplished. It also gives a … Continue reading Why Carl Sagan is Truly Irreplaceable
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb5tdqplTqQ This is a trailer promo for the remake of 'Cosmos', the Carl Sagan classic from the early 80s. I remember watching the original Cosmos on PBS. It was, in many ways, a major eye opening event for me. Sagan had a knack for communicating the sheer wonder of science. I'm a fan of Neal … Continue reading A trailer for Cosmos