Did Sunday’s premiere episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey spark your interest in science, space, Carl Sagan, or Neil deGrasse Tyson? Did you attend our viewing party at Mobius Science Center and are now curious about Dr. Kevin Decker and his series on philosophy and pop culture?
Here is a list of books to get you started (those that can be found at bookstores in Spokane have a note next to them to let you know; also this is not a full list of all books by these authors, just a few to mention today):
Cosmos by Carl Sagan (Auntie’s Bookstore, 2nd Look Books)
“Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.” (amazon.com)
The Sky is Not the Limit by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Auntie’s Bookstore)
“This is the absorbing story of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s lifelong fascination with the night sky, a restless wonder that began some thirty years ago on the roof of his Bronx apartment building and eventually led him to become the director of the Hayden Planetarium. A unique chronicle of a young man who at one time was both nerd and jock, Tyson’s memoir could well inspire other similarly curious youngsters to pursue their dreams.” (amazon.com)
Who is Who? The Philosophy of Doctor Who by Kevin S. Decker (Auntie’s Bookstore)
“When you have been wandering the cosmos from one end of eternity to another for nearly a thousand years, what’s your philosophy of life, the universe, and everything?
Doctor Who is 50 years’ old in 2013. Through its long life on television and beyond it has inspired much debate due to the richness and complexity of the metaphysical and moral issues that it poses. This is the first in-depth philosophical investigation of Doctor Who in popular culture. From 1963’s An Unearthly Child through the latest series, it considers continuity and change in the pictures that the program paints of the nature of truth and knowledge, science and religion, space and time, good and evil, including the uncanny, the problem of evil, the Doctor’s complex ethical motivations, questions of persisting personal identity in the Time Lord processes of regeneration, the nature of time travel through ‘wibbley-wobbley, timey-wimey stuff, how quantum theory affects our understanding of time; and the nature of the mysterious and irrational in the Doctor’s universe.” (amazon.com)