The Cosmos E3 Reflection: Nathalie

COSMOS: Episode 3

Posted by Nathalie Istanto in Biology SL on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

The third episode of COSMOS was on how we have tried to map out our galaxy and tried to make sense of it from the very beginning of time. I didn’t really find much of the episode that interesting, but there were some parts that I think were important and also quite interesting.

My favorite part was at the beginning of the episode, which was when the narrator begins talking about how we, humans, try to find connections that might not really be there. An interesting example was how we tried to map out the comets and marked them as ill omens, when they are actually just rocks from outer space. However, comets are what created a revolution in the way we viewed our skies, through a discussion of two very important people, Isaac Newton and Edmond Haley.

I think that Edmond Haley was a really great guy. He had many different inventions, including the diving bell and the weather map. I always thought he was the man who found Haley’s comet, but as it turned out, he did many other things. He was also a good friend of Newton, and kept him from locking himself away in his room. Haley helped Newton published his book, which helped changed people’s minds that they might actually be able to learn more about what is up there.

Isaac Newton was more of a surprise to me. Previously, I only knew him as the guy who came up with the theory of gravity. Now, I know that we apparently share the same birthday, and that he was a brilliant, and slightly mad genius. He was able to figure out calculations that no one as could, but his one major flaw was that he didn’t want to publish anything else after how Robert Hooke accused him of stealing his work. It was only through Haley’s efforts that Newton was able to go and publish his work. This shows how important having friends and being nice to other people is.

I think that I want to watch the next episode of COSMOS. The whole series is very much interesting on how the galaxy and our earth work.

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