I checked out the reboot of Cosmos, with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The hero of the first episode was clearly Giordano Bruno, who glimpsed reality and paid by being tortured to death by the (Un)Holy Inquisition. Despite some progress, there are still plenty of people in the World willing to do murder over scriptural interpretations they regard as incorrect. Less dangerous but still a nuisance are those who would suppress books and authors they regard as blasphemous.

The first episode was fairly short on specific information - or at least stuff that was unfamiliar to me - but had lots of pretty pictures, which, after all, is what astronomy and cosmology are mostly about.


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