The Cosmos E3 Reflection: Liam

Cosmos (Space-Time Odyssey), “3rd Episode”

Posted by William Sugiharto in Biology 11 on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at 7:15 am

What can I say, the newest episode of “Cosmos, Space time Odyssey” dove into all things small and big comprising of the modern history of science. And again, it took me to the edge of my seat, thrilled and intrigued by the special effects that are comprised in this episode which is exceedingly superb and original. The musics that are utilized throughout the 3rd episode of cosmos matches very well to the context that are being presented thus, drawing my attention throughout the whole 3rd episode of the space time Odyssey.

The 3rd episode of the, “Cosmos: A personal Voyage”, really took me to the edge of my seat. It explicitly explains the understanding of how comets, gravity’s work and also not to mention, the solar system that has altered the way on how human gazes at the stars and science.

From what I can refer back from the 3rd episode of the cosmos is: “Edmond halley did not discover Halley’s comet and that Isaac newtons “Principia” which is newton’s three laws of motion, almost wasn’t published”.

Presently today, comets are usually refereed and named for the people who have stumbled on discovering them, however, this isn’t the same identical occurrence with Halley’s comet, the most prominent periodic comet. Halley’s comet as refereed back at the 3rd episode, become visible at the skies during night about once, approximately every 75 or 76 years, and during the time Edmund Halley (the comet’s namesake) didn’t discover it, nevertheless he was able to predict the orbits of comets that are all around the sun for the very first time. By identifying a system of pattern in his investigation research,  Halley was acknowledged as the first person to trail the tracks of the comet’s period. A very persistent person which ultimately leads to his success of his discovery.

“Halley also chase down every aspect of the astronomical observations of the comet recorded inside Europe between the year of 1472 to 1698. And quite ironically, this will be an intense work for Halley since there are no computers and search engines available during that period of time to aid his observations, since everything was not as advanced as today. Everything that Halley had were only his mind and the numerous amount of books that he owned. Halley had to gather all of the observations presented for each comet and identify the shape’s appearance of it actual path through space. I couldn’t say less, he was a mathematical genius and brilliance who was determined of his observations. Soon after, he discovered that the comets were bound to the sun in a long, oval orbits.”

What really shocks me most in the 3rd episode of the cosmos is that Isaac Newton’s “Principia” almost wasn’t published. The Royal society in the science area, accumulated most of their money for only one purpose and that is on, printing books of “The History of Fish,” leaving very little funding for Isaac Newton to produce his very scientific masterpiece which is, “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, which is basically the three laws of motion of the universe, explaining why the planets revolves around the sun the way they do. But here’s the good news, Edmond Halley came to the rescue and that came to the publication of Isaac newton’s book  :)

Overall, I think that the 3rd episode comprised with cool special effects and it is indeed really captivating throughout the whole episode just like the 1st episode and the 2nd episode. Once again, I really enjoyed both the information context and the sparkling graphic 3D effects that the Cosmos Odyssey Adventure put up.


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