Carl Sagan – In Memoriam

Carl Sagan had a profound influence on how many people viewed the universe. His series Cosmos:A Personal Journey is still the most widely watched PBS series of all time. The startling breadth of his imagination and his vision of our place in the order of things can be seen in this quote from episode 8:

Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the earth. Each of those worlds is as real as ours and every one of them is a succession of incidents, events, occurrences which influence its future. Countless worlds, numberless moments, an immensity of space and time. And our small planet at this moment, here we face a critical branch point in history, what we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants, it is well within our power to destroy our civilization and perhaps our species as well

He died in 1996 but his desire to open the dense field of quantum physics up to us and his influence on the public perception of our universe continues.  Here’s Sagan in a groovy musical number accompanied by that other populist scientist Stephen Hawking.

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