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The backbone of night [videorecording] ; Journeys in space and time / a joint production of KCET and Carl Sagan Productions, Inc. in association with the British Broadcasting Corporation and Polytel International.

; KCET (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.) ; Carl Sagan Productions ; Turner Home Entertainment (Firm) ; British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service ; Polytel International
[New York, NY] : Turner Home Entertainment, c1989.
ISBN 1559603100

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VHS 3637-3638 Off-site
Other Title Journeys in space and time.
Travels in space and time.
Other Authors Sagan, Carl, 1934-1996.
British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service.
Carl Sagan Productions.
KCET (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Polytel International.
Turner Home Entertainment (Firm)
Subjects Air.
Astronomy.
Atoms.
Constellations.
Creative thinking -- History.
Documentary films.
Interplanetary voyages.
Light-year.
Motion pictures.
Physicists -- Greece.
Physics -- History.
Relativity (Physics)
Science, Ancient.
Space and time.
Stars.
Time travel.
Series Cosmos, a personal voyage ; episodes 7 & 8
Description 1 videocassette (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Notes Title on container for episode 8: Travels in space and time.
Videocassette release of the program originally produced in 1980.
Summary Backbone of night: Dr. Sagan visits the island of Samos to explore the scientific outburst of ancient Ionian physicists. Anaximander of Miletus constructed a sun dial, a celestial globe, and a map of the known world. Empedocles made discoveries about the nature of air. Democritus posited the concept of the atom and Aristarchus began the long quest to answer the question,"What are the stars?" Science as a structured body of knowledge was born, but it declined in the wake of Pythagorean and Platonic mysticism.
Journeys in space and time: Computer animation places the constellations in space and explains the concept of a light year. Einstein's theory of relativity is introduced and his percepts of space and time are illustrated. The feasibility of interstellar travel is discussed with a brief history of ideas proposed for space travel. Time travel is touched upon and the resultant profound effects it would have on the course of history considered.
Production Credits Series editor, Adrian Malone ; writers, Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, Steven Soter ; senior producers, Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, David Kennard ; producer, Gregory Andorfer ; cinematographers, Hillyard J. Brown, Chris O'Dell, Christopher Fryman ; computer animation, James F. Blinn, Pat Cole, Charles Kohlhase, Jet Propulsion Laboratory ; artists, John Allison...[et al.] ; film editor, James Latham ; consultants, Everett C. Olson...[et al.].
Performers Host, Carl Sagan.
System Requirements VHS.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)29377023
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