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Cosmos, Carl SaganCosmos, Carl Sagan's review: In the course of 13 fascinating hours, Cosmos spans its own galaxy of topics to serve Sagan's theme, each segment deepening our understanding of how we got from there (simple microbes in the primordial mud) to here (space-faring civilization in the 21st century). In his "ship of the imagination," Sagan guides us to the farthest reaches of space and takes us back into the history of scientific inquiry, from the ancient library of Alexandria to the NASA probes of our neighboring planets. Upon this vast canvas Sagan presents the "cosmic calendar," placing the 15-billion-year history of the universe into an accessible one-year framework, then filling it with a stunning chronology of events, both interstellar and earthbound.

A Brief History of Time (1992)A Brief History of Time (1992)'s review: Documentarian Errol Morris has a knack for finding the fascinating quirks of his subjects, and this brings Stephen Hawking's book A Brief History of Time to sparkling life. Through interviews with family and colleagues of the brilliant theoretical physicist, as well as Hawking's own synthesized readings and reminiscences, we learn of his early life, his struggle with the degenerative disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and his wide-ranging contributions to our knowledge of time, black holes, and the origin of the universe. The science is never downplayed; between Hawking's prose and Morris's visual wizardry, important concepts such as entropy and singularities jump from the screen in memorable vignettes. (Hawking believes a truly universal theory of physics will be understood by "scientists, philosophers, and just ordinary people.") Philip Glass's music, subdued and minimal, balances the alternately somber and hilarious moods of the film. The viewer is left with a sense of awe at the joyous spirit of a man trapped in the world of the mind, occasionally letting the rest of us in on his discoveries. --Rob Lightner

Stephen Hawking's UniverseStephen Hawking's Universe

The complete six-program set of the PBS series, in which bestselling author Stephen Hawking (A Brief History of Time) runs down the history of the universe, considering the various theories humans throughout time have proposed about the nature of our being. Includes the hour-long programs "Seeing is Believing," "The Big Bang," "Cosmic Alchemy," "On the Dark Side," "Black Holes and Beyond," and "An Answer to Everything."

Secrets of the PsychicsSecrets of the Psychics

Magician and debunker of flim flam, James "the Amazing" Randi scientifically debunks so-called psychic phenomena. Originally featured on PBS' Nova.

Carl Sagan: A Cosmic CelebrityCarl Sagan: A Cosmic Celebrity

From A&E's award-winning Biography series, a biography of one of the greatest scientists and greatest humanists of the latter half of this century.

He was the rarest of all creatures - the celebrity scientist. While some accused him of being a grandstander, none can deny that his approach to science helped introduce millions of people to the great wonders of the universe that fascinated him all his life. Carl Sagan played many roles: professor, working scientist, best-selling author and TV personality. In his classic television series, he brought science to the masses in an accessible, entertaining format. But he also performed groundbreaking research in astronomy, and was willing to risk his reputation to investigate the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Explore the remarkable life of this visionary scientist from his childhood to his death from bone marrow disease at 62. Colleagues trace the many contributions he made to his field, while family members, including his wife and sister, offer insight into the private man. From Cosmos to Contact, this is the story of the dedicated man who shared his love of the heavens with millions.

Ape Man: The Story of Human Evolution (1994)Ape Man: The Story of Human Evolution (1994)

Walter Cronkite hosts this three-million-year tour of man's origins which is presented as a modern-day detective story with state-of-the-art graphic recreations and discussion of predominant scientific theories. The titles of the series are: "The Human Puzzle," "Giant Strides," "All in the Mind," and "Science and Fiction." Four video set.

Great Minds of Science 6 Tape Boxed Set [VHS] (1997)Great Minds of Science 6 Tape Boxed Set [VHS] (1997)

"Discover" magazine Editor-in-Chief Paul Hoffman hosts this compendium of six special science features, each focusing on a different notable contributor to particular field of inquiry. Contains "Dinosaurs," with Dr. Robert Bakker; "Viruses," with epidemiologist Dr. Robert Gallo; "Evolution," with Dr. Jared Diamond; "Oceanography," with Dr. Sylvia Earle; "Astronomy," with Dr. Sallie Baliunas; and "Artificial Intelligence," with Marvin Minsky.

Great Minds of Science - Evolution (1997): Physiologist Dr. Jared Diamond considers the evolutionary path of homo sapiens, with insights into what makes humans unique, reasoned beings.

Great Minds of Science - Artificial Intelligence (1997): This series installment includes a discussion with Dr. Marvin Minsky, designer of prototypical "thinking machines."

Great Minds of Science - Dinosaurs (1997): In this series installment, paleontologist Dr. Robert Bakker presents an overview of dinosaur life, including the theories concerning extinction.

Great Minds of Science - Astronomy (1997): In this series installment, astronomer Dr. Sallie Baliunas fields the age-old question of whether humans are alone in the universe and leads a guided tour of our solar system.

Mysteries of EvolutionMysteries of Evolution

Paleo World documentary about evolution and dinosaurs.

An Interview With David Bohm (1994)An Interview With David Bohm (1994)

The great quantum physicist and philosopher David Bohm discusses his revolutionary theory of wholeness and the implicate order in which he proposed a new model of reality that challenged long-held beliefs of physics. Bohm, who died in 1992, spent the last part of his life teaching at the University of London and lecturing worldwide on the meaning of physics and consciousness.

The Real Jurassic Park (1994)The Real Jurassic Park (1994)

A fascinating look at how a real Jurassic Park might be constructed and how dinosaurs might be reconstructed using their DNA blueprints. Jeff Goldblum hosts this program which also asks the ethical questions raised in Michael Crichton's novel and in the film "Jurassic Park." This documentary looks into cloning and what DNA really is, in a wide-ranging discussion with naturalists, doctors, scientists, and academicians, from zoos, museums, and universities, who work with DNA: its testing, extraction, and retrieval, from amber and other sources.

Smithsonian World - The Quantum Universe (1996)Smithsonian World - The Quantum Universe (1996)

Emerging theories in quantum mechanics and their repercussions for the study of physics are discussed in this documentary featuring tours of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Nobel laureates Burtin Richter and Sheldon Glashow are featured.

Smithsonian World - Web of Life (1996)Smithsonian World - Web of Life (1996)

Through interviews with leading scientists and philosophers, this program takes a fascinating look at current advances in genetic research and engineering as well as delving into some of the ethical dilemmas posed by new discoveries.

Smithsonian World - Tales of Human Dawn (1996)Smithsonian World - Tales of Human Dawn (1996)

Anthropologists Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Potts take viewers on a globe-trotting expedition to uncover the secrets behind human evolution.

Einstein: How I See the WorldEinstein: How I See the World

An in depth profile, using extensive archival footage and stills, of Albert Einstein, one of the 20th Century's greatest scientific minds, narrated by actor William Hurt as part of PBS's American Masters.

Einstein Revealed (1996)Einstein Revealed (1996)

Synopsis (from co-author Thomas Levenson): This program was an experiment for Nova. It used an actor--Andrew Sachs, of Faulty Towers fame--to play the role of Einstein, in effect commenting on the biographers' account of his life. I think it worked (I wrote the program, and produced it with my colleague, Peter Jones), but the technique is controversial.

Mythos - Boxed SetMythos - Boxed Set

Susan Sarandon narrates a five-volume look at esteemed folklorist Joseph Campbell's fascinating comparison of world mythology and how similar legends in cultures as diverse as Chinese and Native American can reveal fundamental truths of human nature. Includes "Psyche & Symbol," "The Spirit World," "On Being Human," "From Goddesses to God," and "The Mystical Cry."

Mythos II - Boxed SetMythos II - Boxed Set

Susan Sarandon narrates a second five-volume look at esteemed folklorist Joseph Campbell's fascinating comparison of world mythology and how similar legends in cultures as diverse as Chinese and Native American can reveal fundamental truths of human nature. Includes "The Inward Path," " The Enlightened One," "Our Eternal Selves ," "Way to Illumination," and "Experience of God."

Power of Myth, The - Vols. 1-6 Power of Myth, The - Vols. 1-6

In this fascinating documentary series, author/teacher/master storyteller Joseph Campbell discusses mythology and its relevance to today's world with host Bill Moyers. Includes "The Hero's Adventure," "The Message of the Myth," "The First Storytellers," "Sacrifice and Bliss," "Love and the Goddess," and "Masks of Eternity."

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