Hello! I just discovered your blog, great URL by the way, and I am so glad that I did! I'm in the middle of watching Cosmos by the late, great Carl Sagan, and I was wondering if you, as a science enthusiast, had any recommendations for similarly excellent documentaries or even books? I've read Sagan's, "Dragons of Eden" and loved it, I'm particularly drawn to his ability to combine science and philosophy/the humanities. Any suggestions would be great! Thank you!
Of course! Thanks for asking.
For books, I would recommend the following:
Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan
Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking
Edge of the Universe by Paul Halpern
Death by Blackhole by Neil deGrasse Tyson
A Universe From Nothing by Lawrence Krauss
Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku
On the Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn
Like most books, they lead to other books via their citations. I’m an avid reader with several passions (i.e. history, philosophy, religion, anthropology). Some of the science books I’ve read simply aren’t related to physics and cosmology. As for documentaries, I would watch the following:
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman
The Universe (History Channel)
I would also watch NOVA Science Now, lectures and panels from the World Science Festival, and any lectures by Sean Carroll, Brain Greene, Brian Cox, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, and others. Of course, it isn’t apt to call all of their videos on YouTube lectures. Sometimes they’re just short talks.
Thank you again for the question and thanks for the kind words. You’re most welcome by the way. Have fun learning more about the cosmos!