Now two decades later, I happened across it while it was for sale. After purchasing a used copy, I had hoped for simply a CD that was not scratched up too bad.
They cover art was disheveled and a bit torn up. But the CD itself was better than I had hoped for. It was not in "Perfect" condition, but close enough. The sound quality is great. And it brought back so many memories Well worth the money, and wait While the effects and the clothes seem downright cheesy by today's standard, the message behind Carl Sagan's epic science masterpiece, Cosmos, remains timeless. The soundtrack for the series was perfect, matching the themes of the show with stricking balance.
The CD is also a standalone classic--perfect for relaxation, studying, or those quiet times of thought when you can explore the cosmos of your imagination. A must have! This music brings back the spirit, intent and content, so well realized in the PBS series, that it has the effect on one of inducing an almost meditative state. One once again is traveling through space surrounded by the various types of "stars" and planets. You once again stand on the "Sea Called Solaris" and find the mystic link that we share with all the Universe.
Sagan once said, "We are all star stuff harvesting star light. It is a universal, mystical journey magically caught in this wonderful cd!!!! We were very happy with our purchase; a little bit pricey but well worth it.
For those of us who enjoy easy listening, Music of the Cosmos is second to none. The disk is in excellent shape and the seller was right on there. My only complaint is small but the case the cd came in was completely broken, including the center part that holds the disk in place. If one of the pieces had gotten under the disk and ruined it then this would have been a different review. It just seems a little sloppy for a reseller to do something like this. I have replaced the case and it isn't a big enough issue for me to complain to the seller about.
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Wikimedia Commons. Adrian Malone. Gregory Andorfer Rob McCain. Stereo [ citation needed ]. September 28 — December 21, September 28, Carl Sagan opens the program with a description of the cosmos and a "Ship of the Imagination" shaped like a dandelion seed. Eratosthenes ' successful calculation of the circumference of Earth leads to a description of the ancient Library of Alexandria.
Finally, the "Ages of Science" are described, before pulling back to the full span of the Cosmic Calendar. Note: the revised version of the series adds an introduction by Ann Druyan to this episode, recorded after Sagan's death, in which she discusses some of the changes that occurred in the years after its broadcast. October 5, Sagan discusses the story of the Heike crab and artificial selection of crabs resembling samurai warriors, as an opening into a larger discussion of evolution through natural selection and the pitfalls of intelligent design.
Among the topics are the development of life on the Cosmic Calendar and the Cambrian explosion ; the function of DNA in growth; genetic replication, repairs, and mutation ; the common biochemistry of terrestrial organisms; the creation of the molecules of life in the Miller—Urey experiment ; and speculation on alien life such as life in Jupiter's clouds. In the Cosmos Update ten years later, Sagan remarks on RNA also controlling chemical reactions and reproducing itself and the different roles of comets potentially carrying organic molecules or causing the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event.
October 12, Beginning with the separation of the fuzzy thinking and pious fraud of astrology from the careful observations of astronomy , Sagan follows the development of astronomical observation.
Beginning with constellations and ceremonial calendars such as those of the Anasazi , the story moves to the debate between Earth and Sun-centered models: Ptolemy and the geocentric worldview, Copernicus' theory, the data-gathering of Tycho Brahe , and the achievements of Johannes Kepler Kepler's laws of planetary motion and the first science-fiction novel.
October 19, Sagan discusses comets and asteroids as planetary impactors, giving recent examples of the Tunguska event and a lunar impact described by Canterbury monks in It moves to a description of the environment of Venus , from the previous fantastic theories of people such as Immanuel Velikovsky to the information gained by the Venera landers and its implications for Earth's greenhouse effect.
The Cosmos Update highlights the connection to global warming. October 26, The episode, devoted to the planet Mars , begins with scientific and fictional speculation about the Red Planet during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries H. It then moves to Robert Goddard's early experiments in rocket -building, inspired by reading science fiction, and the work by Mars probes , including the Viking , searching for life on Mars. The episode ends with the possibility of the terraforming and colonization of Mars and a Cosmos Update on the relevance of Mars' environment to Earth's and the possibility of a human mission to Mars.
November 2, The journeys of the Voyager probes is put in the context of the Netherlands in the seventeenth century , with a centuries-long tradition of sailing ship explorers, and its contemporary thinkers such as Constantijn Huygens and his son Christian. Their discoveries are compared to the Voyager probes' discoveries among the Jovian and Saturn systems.
Sagan was a member of the Voyager research team, and production of the episode coincided with the probes arriving at Jupiter; at one point, Sagan is filmed receiving one of the first-ever images of one of Jupiter's moons. In Cosmos Update , image processing reconstructs Voyager's worlds and Voyager's last portrait of the Solar System as it leaves is shown. November 9, Carl Sagan teaches students in a classroom in his childhood home in Brooklyn , New York, which leads into a history of the different mythologies about stars and the gradual revelation of their true nature.
In ancient Greece, some philosophers Aristarchus of Samos , Thales of Miletus , Anaximander , Theodorus of Samos , Empedocles , Democritus freely pursue scientific knowledge, while others Plato , Aristotle , and the Pythagoreans advocate slavery and epistemic secrecy. During the episode, Sagan correctly gives the students the prediction that astronomers will confirm the existence of exoplanets within their lifetime.
November 16, Ideas about time and space are explored in the changes that constellations undergo over time, the redshift and blueshift measured in interstellar objects, time dilation in Albert Einstein 's theory of relativity , the designs of both Leonardo da Vinci and spacecraft that could travel near light speed , time travel and its hypothetical effects on human history, the origins of the Solar System , the history of life, and the immensity of space.
In Cosmos Update , the idea of faster-than-light travel by wormholes researched by Kip Thorne and shown in Sagan's novel Contact is discussed.
November 23, The simple act of making an apple pie is extrapolated into the atoms and subatomic particles electrons , protons , and neutrons necessary. Many of the ingredients necessary are formed of chemical elements formed in the life and deaths of stars such as our own Sun , resulting in massive red giants and supernovae or collapsing into white dwarfs , neutron stars , pulsars , and even black holes.
These produce all sorts of phenomena, such as radioactivity , cosmic rays , and even the curving of spacetime by gravity. Cosmos Update mentions the supernova SN A and neutrino astronomy. November 30,