On the eve of the premiere of COSMOS, Penny4NASA looks back on a BBC 4 Great Lives radio segment from 2010 wherein physicist Brian Cox tells presenter Matthew Parris how Carl Sagan’s renowned television show changed his life.
As a young boy of 13, Brian Cox stared at his television screen every Wednesday evening, as Carl Sagan took him on a journey across the Cosmos. As he notes, “It was the thing that really convinced me that I should be a scientist. Just seeing Carl Sagan’s unique, emotional, and polemical approach really captured my imagination.”
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains Why The Cosmos Shouldn’t Make You Feel Small
“This spring, Tyson hosts a new TV series calledCosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey.It’s an update of the influential 1980 PBS seriesCosmos: A Personal Journey.Tyson was entering graduate school in astrophysics at the time and remembers watching Carl Sagan host the originalCosmos.
It was “proof that a scientist can communicate with the public in a manner that was very different from a professor in front of a classroom or pontificating from up on high,” Tyson tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. “His style was very conversational and fireside-chatty. There he was on the screen, but he was really with you in the living room.”
Listen to or read excerpts from his interview at npr: http://goo.gl/K1rTO6