Almost a month ago a friend on twitter asked the question “If you could invite any three famous people (living or dead) to a dinner party, who would they be?” I replied Kurt Vonnegut, Steve Jobs and Audrey Hepburn to balance out equal parts of wit, vision and heart.
Today, my reply to that question would most definitely have to include Dr Carl Sagan. Sagan was an inspirational person – earning multiple degrees that culminated in a PHD in astronomy and astrophysics – who had the incredible talent of making complex issues relatable to the mainstream public.There is nothing I have read or seen that comes close to evoking a feeling of unity and optimism that The Pale Blue Dot does (video above).
I was late to the game, discovering the incredible work that Sagan completed – I’m currently working my way through the incredible sprawling breadth of ideas contained in Cosmos – but I’m glad that I have come to discover it. My interest was especially piqued when I ran across the first video of the Sagan Series.
This is a series of crowd sourced videos edited together by Reid Gower to the voice track of Dr Sagan himself. The videos present some breathtaking themes to the viewer and I recall tweeting that everyone would have a look at them, if for no other reason than to see how far we have come.
The full collection to date is presented below:
UPDATE: Below are the two latest parts of the Series