A little late on the mentioning, but it is was still running on at least two cable networks as of a week or so ago, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is some of the better television I have seen in years. What exactly is it? That is a big question that requires a bit of an in depth answer – probably best of left to someone like Neil deGrasse Tyson… but I will make my humble attempt.
Cosmos is a scientific documentary of travel through time and space done in several episodes with host and guide Neil deGrasse Tyson. It explores the very ideas of sciences and scientific reasoning, from the earliest of recorded history right up through the future, looking at both what is happening here on (and even in) earth, to far-flung reaches of the expanding universe – and everything in between. It is a remake of a similar show from the mid 1970’s, which was hosted by another famous physicist, Carl Sagan.
The history of scientific discovery is what I find so appealing in the series, but the speculation of what could come to be is also very interesting. The flashy graphics and updates to theories are also very appealing and engaging. The reality is, like I said, some of the best that television has had to offer in a long time.
Right now I think it is still running (re-runs) on both Fox and Nat-Geo. It is also available on the web on demand at the website cosmosontv.com. Great stuff to watch for young and old and something to learn about at the same time.
** – Image from Cosmosontv.com.