I am so grateful to Reid Gower. He’s in his mid-20s up in Victoria, Canada and he is busily bringing two of my dead heroes back to life. Reid is creating a fantastic series of short videos using the words of Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman. They are available on YouTube (always watch them in high-def!) and there is a Facebook group for The Sagan Series.
Combining superb high-definition video clips, music, and the powerful messages Carl and Richard left behind, Reid allows them to reach out to new generations in promoting our future in space, a more erudite understanding of our universe and our place in it, and of the urgency of dealing honestly with the environmental challenges we face. In an era where far too many Americans are woefully and intentionally ignorant of scientific truths, happily misled by mendacious politicians and narrow-minded preachers, he is doing a tremendous public service.
Curiosity fabulously illustrates Richard Feynman’s words as he explains his enthusiasm for how the simplicity of physics leads towards the tremendous complexity of life.
And I’ve previously posted a couple of the Sagan Series clips on my blog, so here’s the latest. The Gift of Apollo helps answer the valid question I get from the students of today: “What did we get out of going to the moon?”
Some of these videos are so beautiful in their presentation and so powerful in their message that I get misty-eyed watching them. And that is a great excuse to watch them again!