Sunday, August 28, 2011

A New Cosmos for a New Generation

If you are interested in the universe and the life within it, chances are you are at least aware of Carl Sagan's Cosmos from the early '80s. It was revolutionary for it's time and still holds up even now thirty years later in spite of countless new discoveries about our universe. The late Carl Sagan is one of the most beloved figures in modern science due to his passion about the universe and his talent for educating the world in such a way that everyone could easily understand. It's no secret that physics and math are hard, most people's eyes start to cross when explaining how a black hole works or what the 4th dimension looks like. Carl Sagan changed all that.

Well in the past 30 years we have learned lots of new things about the universe. It's time for a refresher course, some updated textbooks, a  NEW Cosmos. But Carl Sagan is no longer with us, so who is up for such a daunting task? Neil deGrasse Tyson that's who! This man is one of my favorite people on the planet. He reminds me of  Carl Sagan in almost every way but with twice the amount of passion. As the head of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, Neil Tyson not only makes it easy to learn about science, he even makes it damn entertaining as well. He's funny, charming, and one of the most intelligent people living on our Earth today.

It was announced a few weeks ago that the Fox network has plans to air a sequel to Cosmos, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and produced by Sagan's widow Ann Druyan and Seth MacFarlane. Yes that Seth MacFarlane. If there was ever a time to get excited about science we are living in it now. The new Cosmos series is set to air sometime in 2013.

1 comment:

  1. Tyson is awesome. I highly recommend his book "Death by Black Hole". It didn't really teach me anything new as I learned the subject matter years ago, but it was entertaining nonetheless. It's the book I lend to friends to get them interested in physics. Light enough to keep the average person's attention, but deep enough to grab one's curiosity.

    That said, I'm sure the new show will be bitchin'.