If You Wish to Make an Apple Pie


‘If you wish to make an apple pie, you must first create the universe.’

The first episode of Sagan’s series, Cosmos, aired in September 1980.  I came to it late, through the clip I’ve posted here which shows the work of John D. Boswell, a musician based in Washington. Almost all the samples and footage in A Glorious Dawn – Cosmos remixed (part of Boswell’s ‘Symphony of Science‘ project), are taken from Cosmos, and Stephen Hawking’s Universe (1987).  Shown the clip one winter afternoon in a friend’s living room, I asked, who was this man, and where could I see more of him? The episode that hooked me most was the first: Sagan re-creates, through digital wizardry, the library at Alexandria.