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Cosmos : a personal voyage by Carl Sagan( Visual )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Host Carl Sagan takes viewers to the edge of the universe aboard the spaceship of the imagination in this 13-part series. Through beautiful special effects, viewers witness quasars, exploding galaxies, star clusters, supernovas, and pulsars. Returning to the solar system, viewers enter an astonishing recreation of the Alexandrian Library, seat of learning on Earth 2000 years ago
Cosmos by Carl Sagan( Visual )

8 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In episode 2, Dr. Carl Sagan's cosmic calendar makes the 15-billion year history of the universe understandable and frames the origin of the Earth and the evolution of life from microbes to humans. An understanding of how life developed on Earth enables imaginative speculations on what forms life might take elsewhere in the cosmos. Episode 3 includes a historical re-creation of the life of Johannes Kepler -- the last scientific astrologer, the first modern astronomer, and the author of the first science fiction novel. Kepler provided the insight into how the moon and the planets move in their orbits and ultimately how to journey to them
Encyclopedia galactica ; Who speaks for Earth?( Visual )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1st program: Sagan explores the probability of other intelligent civilizations in the universe and the ways in which contact might be made. 2nd program: Sagan reviews the ideas of cosmic evolution, the methodology of the scientific approach, and the limitations of our perceptions about the cosmos
One voice in the cosmic fugue ; The harmony of the worlds( Visual )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1st program: Sagan addresses the question of life and its origins and speculates about life in other worlds. Also examines molecular biology, Miller-Urey experiment and DNA. 2nd program: Sagan explores how different societies have interpreted the character of the universe. Also comments on the contributions of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton
The edge of forever ; The persistence of memory( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1st program: Sagan discusses early theories about the universe and, with the help of computer animation, he describes modern advancements in our understanding of the nature of the universe. 2nd program: Sagan describes the nature of genetic information, the function of human brain, and the chemical-electrical process that enables us to think
The shores of the cosmic ocean by Carl Sagan( Visual )

2 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carl Sagan accompanies the viewer on a tour of the universe from cluster of galaxies to the Milky Way and earth. Journeys through time from the Big Bang to the present
Travels in space and time ; The lives of the stars( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1st program: Carl Sagan uses computer animation to show the positions of the constellations and to explain the concept of a light year. 2nd program: Sagan discusses the anatomy of stars, stellar evolution, supernovae, and neutron stars
Travellers' tales ; The backbone of night( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1st program: Sagan visits NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA where he uses images recorded by Voyager II to explain how data is transmitted and processed. 2nd program: Carl Sagan describes the scientific innovations of ancient Ionian physicists, their theories on the nature of air, atoms, and the stars, and ultimate decline
Heaven and hell ; Blues for a red planet( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Volume] IV : Host Carl Sagan describes the interaction of two processes, gradualism and catastrophism, which he maintains are responsible for the evolution of our universe, solar system, and even life on earth. Dr. Sagan discusses meteorites and comets, especially the Tunguska blast, and introduces the concept of comparative planetology. The theories of Velikovsky and other theories about the planet Venus are presented. [Volume] V : Reviews man's fascination with Mars and theories about the planet, notably those of Percival Lowell. Uses special effects, elaborate models and actual photographs relayed from Mariner and Viking probes. Discusses the advances in our knowledge of Mars since the times of Wells, Lowell, and Goddard. Speculates on the future
Journeys in space and time ; The lives of the stars( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Volume] VIII : With Carl Sagan we circle around the Big Dipper to see it from a new perspective. In a time machine, we explore what would happen if the past could be altered. We travel to the planets of other stars. We retrace the teen-age Albert Einstein's reverie about traveling on a beam of light; his theory of relativity predicts strange effects that arise from travel near the speed of light. [Volume] IX : A discussion of the building blocks of matter--molecules, atoms, subatomic particles--leads to an explanation of the anatomy of stars and the forces that act on stellar interiors. Stellar evolution, supernovae, and neutron stars are all dealt with. An "Alice in Wonderland" sequence is used as a playful point of reference to explain gravitational effects, from earth gravity to black holes
Cosmos, a personal voyage( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Persistence of memory: Discusses the brain, its functions, brain size and environment, and the physiological synoptic response which enables humans to think. Shows how communication is translated from the "libraires" of the genes and the brain. Discusses DNA in whales and humans, and the study of communication among whales
Cosmos, a personal voyage( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traveller's tales : A visit with Dr. Carl Sagan and his colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena who are involved with the Voyager II exploratory mission to the environs of Jupiter and its satellites; contrasts 20th century space exploration with that in 17th century Holland and the achievements of Christiaan Huygens
Encyclopedia galactica by Carl Sagan( Visual )

3 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Carl Sagan explores the probable nature of intelligent civilizations in the universe and the means by which contact might be made
Heaven and hell ; Blues for red planet( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1st program: Carl Sagan describes the interaction of two processes, gradualism and catastrophism, which he maintains are responsible for the evolution of our universe, solar system. 2nd program: Using special effects, elaborate models, and actual photographs by the Mariner and Viking probes, Sagan discuss advancements in our knowledge of Mars
The Shores of the cosmic ocean( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the shores of the great ocean of space, Carl Sagan embarks on an immense cosmic journey which begins 8 billion years from earth, abroad his spaceship of the imagination. He takes us to the wonders of the Cosmos: quasars, spiral galaxies, etc., then focuses on the planet earth and the early Egyptian scientific research, including the Alexandrian Library. Dr. Sagan also discusses early scientific discoveries concerning measurement of the earth's circumference and its spherical nature
Travellers' tales by Carl Sagan( Visual )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A visit with Dr. Carl Sagan and his colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena who are involved with the Voyager II exploratory mission to the environs of Jupiter and its satellites; contrasts 20th century space exploration with that in 17th century Holland and the achievements of Christiaan Huygens
Cosmos by Carl Sagan( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Emmy and Peabody award-winning PBS series from Carl Sagan on the universe
Blues for a red planet : episode 5 : Travellers' tales : episode 6( Visual )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carl Sagan explores the red planet, Mars, from its coverage in literature through the visits of the Viking spacecraft
Counterpoint: The U-2 Story( Visual )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1960, an American U-2 spy plane crashed on a mission over Russia. This brought to an end the attempt at detente between the Soviet Union and the USA, and gave Kruschev a great propaganda victory when it was revealed that the pilot, Francis Gary Powers, had survived, and confessed all - the CIA had expected him to commit suicide. This is the story of the intersection of the lives of Gary Powers and of Selmer Nielsen, a Norwegian whose task it was to spy on the U-2 for the Russians
The Lives of the stars by Carl Sagan( Visual )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Carl Sagan discusses the building blocks of matter-molecules, atoms, and subatomic particles, and explains the anatomy of stars and the forces that act on stellar interiors; deals with stellar evolution, supernovae, and neutron stars, and explains gravitational effects
 
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