Here are some “enlightening” preview images from the 5th episode of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, which premieres Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.
Cosmos is a science documentary hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and updated the 1980s PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage presented by Carl Sagan. The series makes extensive use of animation developed and produced by Kara Vallow, about 40 percent of the footage.
Sunday’s episode “Hiding in the Light” is described this way in a COSMOS press release:
The Window on the Past in the Ship of the Imagination reveals a two thousand year old Chinese movie, the violent suppression of free thought and speech by China’s ﬁrst emperor and makes us an eyewitness to the world’s ﬁrst book-burning. We visit the Europe and North Africa of the 11th century, to the golden age of Islam, when Arabic was the language of science. While there, we meet Ibn al-Haytham, the brilliant physicist who ﬁrst understood how we see and how light travels. Perhaps his greatest invention was the scientiﬁc method, itself. This episode is about the various meanings of light and enlightenment, including William Herschel’s chance discovery of the infrared. It is also the true fairy tale of the 19th century penniless Bavarian orphan who was rescued by a Prince. He grew up to discover the signature hidden in the light of every star and to found the science of astrophysics. This man’s top secret discoveries in a carefully guarded ancient abbey would confound another genius (the hero of Episode 9) decades later and ultimately lead to one of the keys to the cosmos.