TV review: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey


One of my favourite TV shows is the science series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey which screens on DSTV’s Nature channel on Sundays. 

Presented by the award-winning American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson,   Cosmos explores a wide range of scientific subjects, including the origins of life and our universe.  It is a good example of how scientists can popularise scientific facts in a fun yet inspiring way using media of mass communication.  

One of the key points is that the human search for knowledge has been hard and long.  In the early years, ignorance, fear and superstition reigned supreme, driven by religion.  Courageous scientific thinkers challenged church dogma (including the assumption that the earth was the center of the universe), effectively conquering fear and ignorance with their scientific discoveries.

Intellectually stimulating, Cosmos is a highly recommended substitute to questionable TB Joshua sermons that dominate the local TV screens every Sunday.