“The Cosmos is all that ever was, that is and all that ever will be. We are all made of star stuff. We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.” (Carl Sagan)
Carl Sagan was an American astronomer who instilled wonder and inspired all ages to look up. He had a way of explaining things in a way that a person not educated in the sciences could understand and make it interesting. He did this during a time when America and Russia held the world in a hostage situation called the Cold War. At this time more than half of the world’s scientists were employed by the government to focus on weapons and thousands of nuclear warheads were poised to launch at the push of a button.
I have always been interested in space and the cosmos. Stars, planets, galaxies, parallel universes, how we came to be and how the cosmos influenced our evolution and culture has always been something I loved to study. Carl Sagan was a man way ahead of the time he lived in. The video series he created titled “Cosmos” has recently been aired on television. Even though the footage was shot over 20 years ago and our knowledge and understanding of how the cosmos works has changed dramatically, his videos required very little revision or changes.
His pleasant tone and choice of words inspired wonder in all that heard it. Growing up, it is Carl’s face that I remember and his gentle voice speaking to me, causing me to hang on every word. He had the ability to bring the vastness of the cosmos down to a level that we, as laymen, could grasp and understand while still keeping the unimaginable size of it in the backs of our minds.
One of my favorite videos of his was one in which he explains the 4th dimension. This dimension, if it exists, is something we cannot perceive. Yet Carl was able to explain it using a few pieces of paper cut into shapes. Listen to his voice, his tone. You can tell just by listening that he was obsessed with the universe and how it works, not only that but why it works.
It would not surprise me in the least to hear that some of our most famous scientists became such on the inspiration of Carl Sagan.
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You can find Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” on Netflix as a live stream. I highly recommend it to you and your family.