The Backbone of night

United States, 1979

TV show
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Episode number 7 of Series “Cosmos: a personal voyage”.
In this episode, Carl Sagan describes man’s long exploration of the cosmos as a voyage of self-discovery. His thesis that “we make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers” is illustrated by man’s quest to explain the cosmos through periods of intellectual growth and periods of repression. From our primitive ancestors’ ideas of the heavens, through Greek science and philosophy, to the Renaissance, the age of reason and the modern day, Sagan attempts to convey a sense of wonder and excitement about the exploration of the natural universe.

Credits

production company

KCET (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.)

Carl Sagan Productions

BBC

Polytel International

producer

Gregory Andorfer

Duration

01:00:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1979

Appears in

Cosmos: a personal voyage

Group of items

Cosmos: a personal voyage

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

325329

Language

English

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Television

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Knowledge, Theory of

History → Science and civilization

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Astronomy - History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Science - Methodology

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Science and civilization

Television

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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