Episode 3, The Harmony of the Worlds – the one about Kepler.
I remember reading Cosmos years ago and wondering about Sagan’s penchant for simplifying the complex and difficult, which he does here with such ease. My wonder was this: if such commanding laws govern the physical world how is it that the human mind and spirit seem so adventurously ungoverned? Many, perhaps most, of the Manhattan Projects scientists believed their work was “theoretical only.” A different human nature, ungoverned by such neutrality, was in charge of their “science.” That being said, Kepler was magnificent.
Perhaps they had no sense of enlightened self-interest. A tsunami or a rottweiler tearing the face off a toddler is also “neutral”. I wonder if Kepler discovered “the” cosmos or created his own?
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