Cosmos (1979) A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan

The Backbone of Night

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Episode 7: "The Backbone of Night"
* 1. Opening
* 2. What are the Stars?
Sagan's childhood in Brooklyn, New York
* 3. Brooklyn Schoolroom
Teaching children about the cosmos (1)
* 4. Mythology of Stars
The realization that stars are suns; the Milky Way mythology of the !Kung bushmen and ancient Greeks.
* 5. Ancient Greek Scientists
The history of ancient Ionia, Thales
The tyrant Polycrates
* 6. Science Blossoms
Anaximander's use of a stick to tell time and season, Empedocles and the water thief
* 7. Democritus
The Ionian philosophers: Democritus...
* 8. Pythagoras
...Pythagoras, Theodorus, Anaxagoras
* 9. Plato and the Others
Plato, Aristotle, Aristarchus and The Pythagoreans were suppressors of knowledge, advocates of slavery and of epistemic secrecy
* 10. Distance to Stars
Christiaan Huygens
* 11. Evidence of Other Planets
Teaching children about the cosmos (2)
* 12. End Credits

Documentary Description

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is a thirteen-part television series written by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter, with Sagan as global presenter. It was executive-produced by Adrian Malone, produced by David Kennard, Geoffrey Haines-Stiles and Gregory Andorfer, and directed by the producers and David Oyster, Richard Wells, Tom Weidlinger, and others. It covered a wide range of scientific subjects including the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe.

The series was first broadcast by the Public Broadcasting Service in 1980, and was the most widely watched series in the history of American public television until The Civil War (1990). It is still the most widely watched PBS series in the world. It won an Emmy and a Peabody Award and has since been broadcast in more than 60 countries and seen by over 600 million people, according to the Science Channel. A book to accompany the series was also published.

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