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Hawking channels Sagan with new space series

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 23rd 2010 2:30PM
Professor Stephen Hawking has more letters after his name to forge his own alphabet. And, now he has his own television series heading our way from Discovery.

According to a release from the network, Hawking (Ph.D., CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA...See what I mean?) is the centerpiece of Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking -- will explore the major questions confronting modern science and physics. How did our universe begin? Could alien life be found on distant planets? Does our galaxy have a life expectancy? Hawking will lead an audience in a layman friendly exploration of those questions in the four part series.

It's Hawking taking up the mantle of the late astronomer Carl Sagan and his 1980 PBS series, Cosmos. The above video looks back affectionately on that show with a little music remix. In the original show, Sagan would explain the seemingly unexplainable every week.

In Hawking's version, the world's most famous living astro-physicist will "explore the splendor and majesty of the universe as never seen before."

A long-time sufferer of ALS (Lou Gerhig's Disease). Hawking explores the universe around with his immensely powerful imagination and intellect. And we get to go along on the mind-expanding journey, "free to explore and expound on the mysteries of the universe."

Of course, I couldn't get through high school algebra. So, I better do some reading before the show kicks off.

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When is the show scheduled to premiere ?? How many episodes will there be??

January 23 2010 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tammy's comment

It looks like it will be a 4-part series airing sometime in the spring.

January 23 2010 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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