The Original 1980 PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage; sparked the imagination of millions when it first aired, and perhaps billions ever-since. I am often baffled when I hear people parsing Carl Sagan for making the science simple easy enough for the average person to understand. Most of the “dumb-down” science really is not, when I took my college science class I found the terminology and the concepts presented in the exact manner that Carl Sagan did, so why people credit him with making science easy enough to understand?
To me it is simple Carl Sagan; beyond his natural gifts as a story-teller or educator, was humble. Most of the people one encountered , until recent years, in the science field tend to be temperamental as a Soprano diva–most felt the need to cloud science in the most confounded nomenclature possible, maybe a way to show superiority. In the last 10 years or so I have seen a reversing of that trend, people in the sciences are more open, more relaxed, it seems that being the tightly wound neurotic science geek is un-cool. I think this is what the revamped version of Cosmos hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson can offer new audiences science as incredibly informative as the original series but approachable.
Sure it’s broadcast on FOX but if there is one thing I learned from Carl Sagan is to abandon all chauvinism, thanks Carl, now show us what you have Neil.