Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (review) is a fantastic follow-up to Carl Sagan’s series that explored the remarkable mysteries of the cosmos and our place within it. The amazing, 13-part adventure transports viewers across the universe of space and time, bringing to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge and a deeper understanding of nature. With an updated Cosmic Calendar, dazzling visual effects, and the wondrous Ship of the Imagination, fans will experience an unforgettable journey to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest and smallest scale. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. And thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I’m giving away the Blu-ray boxset on my movie blog.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and includes all 13 episodes. The series endeavors to bring light to some of the heroes of scientific history who have been unjustly overlooked. In honor of the series’ release on Blu-ray and DVD earlier in the week, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is offering us a look back at a few of these important forgotten trailblazers.
Going against convention, this Dominican friar was vocal in his claim that the earth not only revolved around the sun (a relatively new idea at the time), but that the sun was just another of the countless stars in the sky and there were a multitude of other worlds in the universe. Bruno was burned at the stake for his beliefs, years before he would be proven right by astronomers.
An accomplished astronomer, Herschel discovered the planet Uranus along with its two largest moons, was the first to determine the existence of infrared radiation and observed the phenomenon of binary stars caught in the gravitation pull of invisible dark stars.
Michell was one of the greatest scientific minds of the 18th century that most people have never heard of. He was the first person to propose the idea of black holes, the first to hypothesize that earthquakes move in waves and the first to develop a way to make artificial magnets. His biggest downfall was his lack of interest in promoting his own ideas to the scientific community.
Not only was Patterson the first to use Uranium-Lead dating to calculate the age of the Earth (4.55 billion years), but in the process he developed new standards for sterile lab conditions and, perhaps most importantly, discovered the growing threat of lead poisoning from industrial sources such as car emissions and paint. His tireless lobbying of the government eventually led to strict sanctions on the use of lead in consumer products by the Environmental Protection Agency that are still in place today.
Annie Jump Cannon and Henrietta Swan Leavitt
Cannon and Leavitt were employed by Harvard Observatory directory Edward C. Pickering to help him in his endeavors to map and classify the stars. Cannon is credited with creating the Harvard Classification System, which organizes stars based on temperature. Leavitt discovered an important astronomical relationship that later allowed astronomers to calculate the distance between Earth and far away galaxies.
Learn more inspirational stories of science heroes by watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey now on Blu-ray or DVD.
Cosmos Blu-ray Sweepstakes
Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my movie blog will win the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Blu-ray. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the contest is Friday, June 20th (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the United States and Canada. To enter the sweepstake, leave a comment about your favorite scientist or planet.
[Disclosure: I did not receive anything for hosting this contest. The giveaway prize will be provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, but they are not the administrators of the sweepstake on my movie blog. I am not liable for the prize. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]