Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
by TVPre · July 26, 2014
The show is trying to introduce the viewers with the “spirit of discovery”, that’s how it all starts, a recorded introduction from the President of the US, Barack Obama.
Tyson opens the series with the introduction of the “Ship of the Imagination”, a device that we will be using for seeing the past, present, and the future, looking at microbiological things and exploring the universe. Tyson shows us where the Earth is in the scope of the known universe, defining the “address” within the Virgo Supercluster. He also explains how we never looked at it in this manner. This episode also introduces us with Giordano Bruno.
The second episode is about origin of life and evolution. Tyson explains artificial selection via selective breeding and natural selection. We also get a look at the extinction of species and the 5 biggest extinction events.
Pattern recognition, how was it manifested in early civilizations using astronomy and astrology. Tyson then continues about the collaboration between Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley, he also talks about how Halley used Newton’s work.
Tyson begins explaining the speed of light and how everything that is observable is from light emanated from billions years ago. We also get to see how astronomy uses the modern technology to identify the Big Bang event.
This episode is about the wave theory of light. Tyson talks about how nature of light as discovered by mankind. It also discusses the work of Isaac Newton and William Herschel and their contribution to this topic.
We look at the nature of the cosmos from the micro and macro scale. Tyson talks some more about the micro-organisms. We also find out more about the work of Greek philosophers Thales and Democritus.
This episode answers the question how are we able to determinate the age of the Earth. Tyson discusses some more about Patterson’s work as a graduate student under his adviser Harrison Brown, we also get to see how lead-free experiments directed Patterson to investigate the source for lead.
This episode is about stars and their fate. Tyson talks about how people used to identify stars via the use of constellations tied with various myths and beliefs. We also get to see the life cycle of a star.
This episode explores the palaegeography of Earth in a course of millions of years. We also get a greater look at the Permian–Triassic extinction event, killing 90% of the species on Earth. Tyson also talks about the asteroid impact that initialized the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.
Meet Michael Faraday, the founder of electromagnetism. Faraday was inspired by the lectures from Humphry Davy. Davt later made him his assistant after he had seen some of his notes. Faraday, even after losing some of his mental capacity, he concluded that magnetism and electricity were connected by unseen fields.
The eleventh episode shows what Earth could have been like and the possibilities of life on other planets. Tyson talk some more about Project Diana and how it showed that radio waves can travel in space.
In this episode we will learn more about the greenhouse effect and the evidence behind global warming. Tyson then informs us that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can influence Earth’s climate.
Tyson starts by claiming that the destruction of the Library of Alexandria lost much of the human knowledge. He then talks more about Victor Hess and his discovery of cosmic rays.