COSMOS Episode 1: Standing Up in the Milky Way (2014) is a remake of the classic Sagan series from the early 80s. The series has been thoroughly refreshed and updated for a new generation of learners, eager to see the Cosmos through fresh eyes. COSMOS is the story of us. It’s about how we got here as explained by the quantitative, unbiased powers of science. In the ship of the imagination, host Neil DeGrasse Tyson explores the fundamental questions humanity has about our evolution, our discoveries, our fate, and the meaning of our place in the universal scheme.
COSMOS Episode 3: When Knowledge Conquered Fear (2014) traces the rise of modern science during the time of the enlightenment. The transformation from a religious explanation for the workings of the cosmos to a scientific-based paradigm is told with exquisite detail through the development of the personal friendship between Isaac Newton and Edmund Halley. This episode shows the true predictive powers of science as opposed to mysticism and pseudoscience.