I just watched the first episode of this new series, a continuation of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage from 1980.
It was very good.
The part that moved me the most wasn’t the new Ship of the Imagination, or the new Cosmic Calendar, or the story of Giordano Bruno.
It was the personal anecdote that host Neil deGrasse Tyson told at the end. Of his first meeting with Carl Sagan when he was a 17-year old student, knowing that he wanted to be a scientist and Sagan spent a day with him and showed him around his lab. His generosity left a lasting impact on Dr. Tyson, showing the kind of man he wanted to be.
Sagan left a similar impression on me, and many others, who first watched his series back in 1980. I remarked elsewhere how we all started a journey together in Sagan’s Ship of the Imagination, exploring science, and at the end of the last episode there was a hunger for more science.
I went on to another career path, away from the sciences that so enthralled me at that age. I still get excited about the space program and other scientific discoveries that are made everyday. I’m glad that this series is on the air again, hopeful that it may inspire and ignite that same hunger that I experienced when I was 13 years old.