News and Views from Dave Wilson

Pale Blue Dot

by on Jan.19, 2011, under Photography

I’m a fan of Carl Sagan so had to share this video that I found on the “A Photo Editor” blog today. If you click through to the original blog post, you’ll also find another version with the same soundtrack but different video and it’s worth a look too.



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5 Comments for this entry

  • John Prassas

    In My opinion. The Cosmos by Carl Sagan is one of the only space documentaries that does a fantastic job combining spirituality and science.

    • Dave Wilson

      John, I have to agree. Carl Sagan had the great gift that is sadly lacking in so many scientists of being able to talk about complex subjects in a way that was both entertaining and accessible to non-scientists. I was fortunate enough to hear a lecture series he gave while I was studying at the University of Glasgow in the mid 1980s and he was every bit as inspiring in the flesh as in all his TV shows and books.

  • Mike Criswell

    Nice video Dave, Have a great weekend

  • Ken Kaminesky

    I too loved Sagan and his way of communicating to the masses. Wish there were more scientists like him and there are a few. Brian Greene is one and if you enjoy cosmology, check out his books or his PBS documentary The Elegant Universe: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/elegant/

    Doing a google and youtube search for Richard Feynman will also get you some great books, lectures and documentaries.

    Lucky you Dave to have sit in on a Sagan lecture.
    .-= Ken Kaminesky´s last blog ..Space Shuttle Enterprise at the Air &amp Space Museum in Virginia- USA =-.

    • Dave Wilson

      Ken, I was even luckier than that – he gave a lecture series rather than just a single one. That said, I seem to remember that I only got into the actual lecture theatre for one of the nights and had to put up with a closed-circuit TV feed for the others. As you can probably imagine, seats were in great demand.

      I’ve not read any of Brian Greene’s books yet but I have a couple in my “to read” pile (which has books added to it faster than I can read them) so I’ll bump them up in the ranks a bit.

      Richard Feynman was, in my opinion, one of the greatest physics lecturers ever and quite similar to Sagan in his ability to explain complex concepts both very entertainingly and also very accessibly. One day I’ll read the Feynman Lectures. I have his diaries in my “to read” pile too.

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