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The Human Cosmos

Oh, my stars! Follow our connections with the cosmos and see how the stars have helped to shape who we are and how we live.

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Overview

Join author Jo Marchant to take a deep dive into humankind’s history of 20,000 years of
interacting with the cosmos. Our human connections with the planets and the stars still play an
essential part in the advancement of our understanding of the modern world, propelling us into
the future of our scientific, data-dominated modern understanding of our universe that we
have today.
The Human Cosmos: Our Ancient Heritage

01: The Human Cosmos: Our Ancient Heritage

Ancient civilizations used the cosmos to track time, determine locations, define seasons, and possibly predict the future. They created art, monuments, stories, religions, and celebrations around the planets and stars. See how these practices and beliefs started the vital transformation of ancient peoples toward making better sense of the world around them, which eventually led the world toward the developments that are seen in the Modern Age.

30 min
The Human Cosmos: Our Modern World

02: The Human Cosmos: Our Modern World

Even after 20,000 years of interacting with the cosmos, the stars still play an essential part in advancing our understanding of the modern world and propel us into the future. From Captain James Cook to clocks, to churches, get to know some of the first innovators, inventions, and scientific developments that were inspired by the stars and planets and see how they directly affected our modern world.

38 min