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A reboot of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" series, which debuted Sunday, aims to show why science matters to individuals and society. What's needed to inspire a new generation of scientists? Comments from Twitter are edited for clarity and grammar:

Science needs to become part of our culture again. I grew up watching Bill Nye and "Magic School Bus." They helped pique my interest. I'm getting my doctorate in molecular biology.

@adamcarte

Inspire by making science interesting, and breaking down numbers, stars, nebulae and galaxies into terms relatable to everyday people.

@scienceofcinema

To inspire kids, it helps if they can see a connection between science and their own lives.

@jlschuster827

How to inspire next generation of scientists? Less student debt.

@AlisonNJ1

My grandkids have had science fairs yearly in elementary school and have won.

@annfrady

I hope updated "Cosmos" will inspire. Why are many scientists foreign and not American? Are we too lazy? Too not into geeky stuff?

@bmichaelfenley

After watching the new series with my daughter, we stepped out and silently stared at the moon, Jupiter and Orion. We were inspired by "Cosmos."

@ernieb

Letter to the editor:

Thank you for Bill Sternberg's wonderful column "Can new 'Cosmos' inspire?"

As a child, I was riveted by Carl Sagan's 1980 PBS series Cosmos, which ran at the pinnacle of a remarkable era in science. Sagan's Cosmos not only built on this zeitgeist, but also provided a historical framework for conceptualizing science, a captivating narrative and Sagan's unbridled enthusiasm.

Today, as a father of two young children, I would love to see more programs that aspire to popularize science. I hope that Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey proves to be a worthy successor to Sagan's iconic voyage of the imagination.

Stephen A. Silver; San Francisco

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Politics and religion respectively are the driving forces for denial of the overwhelmingly evidence-based sciences of climate change and evolution. The dispute is among non-scientists who don't understand what the evidence is and how scientific investigations actually work.

— James Jones

The trouble is that we have too many people who do not live in reality, and they aren't interested in gaining knowledge. They seem proud of their ignorance. They are descendants of those who locked up scientists daring to claim things such as the Earth goes around the sun. It's easy to understand how there was a Dark Age.

Steve Evets

I'm expecting good things from Neil deGrasse Tyson's version of "Cosmos." While Sagan's writing was superb, his screen presence wasn't. Tyson's screen persona is excellent.

Dan Schulz

Tyson has mastered science and public education of science. He is a true hero of the genre.

Keith Brooks

Today, more than ever, we need to regain the sense of awe about the universe that Sagan planted and Tyson has fostered and will bring to fruition.

John Oldham

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