Cosmos: A Personal Voyage

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is a thirteen-part documentary series written by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter, with Sagan as presenter. It was executive-produced by Adrian Malone, produced by David Kennard, Geoffrey Haines-Stiles and Gregory Andorfer, and directed by the producers and David Oyster, Richard Wells, Tom Weidlinger, and others. It covered a wide range of scientific subjects including the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe. (from

Cosmic Evolution

Episode 01 - The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
Carl Sagan talks about Galaxies, stars, planetary systems, and how Eratosthenes computed the Earth's circumference.

Episode 02 - One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue
A discussion of the origins of life, natural selection, and how different species adapt to their environment.

Episode 03 - The Harmony of the Worlds
Beginning with the separation of the fuzzy thinking and pious fraud of astrology from the careful observations of astronomy, Carl Sagan follows the development of astronomical observation.

Episode 04 - Heaven and Hell
Using a mysterious blast in Siberia as a starting point, Carl Sagan discusses comets, meteorites, and theories about the planet Venus.

Episode 05 - Blues for the Red Planet
This episode explores the planet Mars through the eyes of science fiction authors, as well as through actual photographs from space probes.

Episode 06 - Traveler's Tales
On Voyager II's exploratory mission, Jupiter and its satellites are examined. Space exploration in the 20th Century is compared and contrasted to 17th Century exploration by Holland.

Episode 07 - The Backbone of Night
Carl Sagan discusses the ancient Ionian "physicists" of the island of Samos, and their discoveries.

Episode 08 - Journeys in Space and Time
Carl Sagan explores ideas about time and space, the speed of light, Einstein's theory of relativity, and space travel.

Episode 09 - The Lives of the Stars
Carl Sagan explores the nature of atoms, nuclear forces, and the lifecycle of stars - white dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars, black holes.

Episode 10 - The Edge of Forever
Beginning with the origins of the universe in the Big Bang, Sagan describes the formation of different types of galaxies and anomalies such as galactic collisions and quasars.

Episode 11 - The Persistence of Memory
The idea of intelligence is explored in the concepts of computers, whales, DNA, and the human brain. And the episode ends with speculation on alien intelligence.

Episode 12 - Encyclopedia Galactica
This episode presents a discussion of UFOs and explores the possibility of intelligent life beyond the Earth.

Episode 13 - Who Speaks for Earth?
Sagan reflects on the future of humanity and the question of "who speaks for Earth?" when meeting extraterrestrials.

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