Carl Sagan Productions
Most widely held works by Carl Sagan Productions
Cosmos ( Visual )
20 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 674 libraries worldwide
Carl Sagan discusses the cosmic relationship between man and the universe.
Cosmos A personal voyage ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 302 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.
The Shores of the cosmic ocean ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and held by 89 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. Takes us to the wonders of the Cosmos: quasars, spiral galaxies, etc.
Cosmos. Disc six ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 72 libraries worldwide
In a 13 part series Carl Sagan discusses the relationship between man and the universe. Part 10: Leads viewers on awesome trips -- to a time when galaxies were beginning to form, to India to explore the infinite cycles of Hindu cosmology, and to show how humans of this century discovered the expanding universe and its origin in the Big Bang. Concludes with a visit to 17 telescopes probing the furthest reaches of space in New Mexico. Part 11: The brain is the focus of this fascinating portion as viewers wind through the maze of the human brain to witness the architecture of thoughts. Presents how genes, brains and books store the information necessary to human survival.
Cosmos. Disc seven ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 71 libraries worldwide
In a 13 part series Carl Sagan discusses the relationship between man and the universe. Part 12: Are there alien intelligences? Can we communicate with them? The answers to these questions take the viewer to Egypt to decode ancient hieroglyphics, to the largest radio telescope on Earth and, in the spaceship of the imagination, to visit other civilizations in space. Part 13: Retraces the 15 billion year journey from the Big Band to the present. The tragic story of the martyrdom of Hypatia, the woman scientist of ancient Alexandria, is told. Concludes with Dr. Sagan arguing that our responsibility to avoid nuclear war and ensure the survival of the human race is owned not just to ourselves, but also to the Cosmos from which we spring.
Cosmos. Disc one ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 71 libraries worldwide
In a 13 part series Carl Sagan discusses the relationship between man and the universe. Part 1: Aboard the spaceship of imagination, through special effects, witness quasars, exploding galaxies, star clusters, super novas, and pulsars. Returning to the Solar System, enter an astonishing re-creation of the Alexandrian Library, seat of learning on Earth 2000 years ago.
Cosmos. Disc two ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 70 libraries worldwide
In a 13 part series Carl Sagan discusses the relationship between man and the universe. Part 2: A cosmic calendar makes the 15 billion year history of the universe understandable and frames the origin of the Earth and the evolution of life. Presents evolutionary steps from microbe to humans and ventures to other worlds for imaginative speculations on what forms life might take elsewhere in the cosmos. Part 3: Historical re-creation of the life and time of Johannes Kepler -- the first modern astronomer, providing insights into how the moon and the planets move in their orbits and ultimately how to journey to them.
Cosmos. Disc four ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 69 libraries worldwide
In a 13 part series Carl Sagan discusses the relationship between man and the universe. Part 6: The exhilaration of 17th century Dutch explorers is compared to an inside view of the excitement of Yoyager's expeditions to Jupiter and Mars. Part 7: Takes viewers back to ancient Greece when the answer to such basic questions as "What are the stars?" was first glimpsed.
Cosmos. Disc three ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 69 libraries worldwide
In a 13 part series Carl Sagan discusses the relationship between man and the universe. Part 4: This segment descends through the hellish atmosphere of Venus to explore its broiling surface. Then takes a tour of the Solar System to see how other heavenly bodies have suffered from various cosmic catastrophies. Part 5: Takes viewers on a trip to Mars through the eyes of science fiction authors and then through photographs from two Viking spacecrafts that have sent thousands of pictures back to Earth since 1976.
Cosmos. Disc five ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 66 libraries worldwide
In a 13 part series Carl Sagan discusses the relationship between man and the universe. Part 8: A voyage to see how star patterns change over millions of years is followed by a journey to the planets of other stars, and a look at the possibility of time travel-- which takes the viewer to Italy, where the youthful Einstein first wondered what it would be like to ride on a beam of light. Part 9: Using computer animation, shows how stars are born, live and die and sometimes collapse to form black holes. Viewers then journey to the future to witness "the last perfect day on Earth," 5 billion years from now when the sun will engulf the earth.
The Lives of the stars ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and held by 52 libraries worldwide
With computer animation and astronomical art, stars are shown as they are born, live, and die. We witness the explosion of distant stars which make cosmic rays that produce mutations in the beings of the Earth. The origin, evolution, and fate of life on our planet is connected with the evolution of the cosmos.
The backbone of night ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and held by 51 libraries worldwide
The birth of scientific thinking in our civilization and within ourselves is the theme of this episode. "The exploration of the Cosmos is a voyage of self-discovery."
Harmony of the worlds ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and held by 50 libraries worldwide
Carl Sagan explores astrology, astronomy, and Johannes Keplar's contribution to modern astronomy.
Who speaks for Earth ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and held by 47 libraries worldwide
Historic television declaration of the urgent need for a planetary perspective to meet the madness of the nuclear arms race. Retraces the 15 billion-year journey from the Big Bang to the present -- a planet Earth infested with 60,000 nuclear weapons.
One voice in the cosmic fugue The harmony of the worlds ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 44 libraries worldwide
[Volume] II : Addresses the question of life and its origins. Speculates on life in other worlds, establishing the rules most likely to apply. Examines molecular biology, the Miller/Urey experiment, and DNA. [Volume] III : Portrays the first attempts of human beings to interpret the character of the heavens. Explores how each society has peopled the heavens with shapes and patterns appropriate to its own time and place. Brings an understanding of the efforts of Kepler, Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton.
One voice in the cosmic fugue ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and held by 44 libraries worldwide
Carl Sagan explores the origin, evolution, and diversity of life on Earth.
Journeys in space and time ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 43 libraries worldwide
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.
Encyclopedia galactica Who speaks for Earth ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 43 libraries worldwide
[Volume] XII : Scrutinizes a notorious UFO incident and the unsubstantiated theories of von Daniken. Explores the probable nature of intelligent civilizations in the universe and the means by which contact might be made. Notes that the "Rosetta Stone" for interstellar communication is likely to involve the laws of physics. At the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, Dr. Sagan programs the world's largest radio telescope to listen for signs of life on a distant star. [Volume] XIII : Dr. Carl Sagan reviews the ideas of cosmic evolution, the methodology of the scientific approach, and the limitations of our perceptions about the cosmos. Dr. Sagan also gives some cautionary warnings about the types of futures we face as a species and as a planet.
The edge of forever The persistence of memory ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 42 libraries worldwide
[Volume] X : Cultural myths of human creation lead to an early history of the universe, introducing the Big Bang theory. Computer animation explains galactic formation and dynamics and a demonstration of the Doppler effect provides an understanding of the red shift of light waves. Dr. Sagan visits India to show how the Hindus seem to have arrived at conclusions approximating modern scientific cosmology, the possibility of an oscillating universe. Radio astronomy--the VLA in New Mexico--is seen as one of the new advances in technology which will contribute to further understanding of the cosmos. [Volume] XI : 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 by Carl Sagan ( Visual )
20 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 36 libraries worldwide
Cosmos covers a range of intriguing and fascinating topics including the origins of life, the search for life on MArs, the infernal composition of the atmosphere of Venus and the "greenhouse effect", the lives of stars, interstellar travel and the effects of attaaining the speed of light and the danger of mankind technologically self-destructing.
Astrology Astronomy Big bang theory Brain Celestial mechanics Constellations Cosmography Cosmology Creation Creative thinking Discoveries in geography Documentary films Earth Earth's origin Educational television programs Evolution (Biology) Expanding universe Exploration of outer space Films for the hearing impaired Galaxies Galaxies--Evolution Galaxies--Formation Greece Hieroglyphics Hindu cosmology History Interstellar communication Jupiter (Planet) Life on other planets Life--Origin Mars (Planet) Neurobiology Nuclear warfare--Environmental aspects Nuclear warfare--Moral and ethical aspects Nuclear weapons--Moral and ethical aspects Orbits Outer space Planetology Popular works Radio telescopes Saturn (Planet) Science, Ancient Science television programs Space and time Space sciences Stars Stars--Evolution Time travel Video recordings--for the hearing impaired Voyager Project
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