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  • 1:14:39 James Burke - The Men Who Walked on the Moon

    James Burke - The Men Who Walked on the Moon

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    James Burke marks the 10th anniversary of the first Moon landing in the first of two programs on the Apollo program. He interviews key players in the Moon missions, including the astronauts.

  • 29:02 James Burke- The Masters of Illusion 1991 Special

    James Burke- The Masters of Illusion 1991 Special

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    Host James Burke relates the visual effects created by modern filmmakers to the use of perspective in Renaissance art. Uses state-of-the-art computer graphics to demonstrate how scientific linear perspective was used by Renaissance artists to create the i

  • 58:47 "Beware!" David Attenborough 1973 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 1

    "Beware!" David Attenborough 1973 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 1

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    Animals must defend themselves not only against other creatures that want to eat them, but sometimes against creatures of their own kind.The first line of defense that animals use is warning. To warn off danger, many creatures will adopt alarm signals to

  • 59:32 "It's My Own Invention"  Eric Laithwaite 1974 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 6

    "It's My Own Invention" Eric Laithwaite 1974 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 6

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    Professor Eric Laithwaite presents his second televised series of CHRISTMAS LECTURES exploring the world of engineering.A sequel to his 1966 series, 'The Engineer in Wonderland', Laithwaite was the first person to present two series of Lectures on nationa

  • 58:16 "The Time Has Come the Walrus Said" Eric Laithwaite 1974 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 5

    "The Time Has Come the Walrus Said" Eric Laithwaite 1974 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 5

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    Professor Eric Laithwaite presents his second televised series of CHRISTMAS LECTURES exploring the world of engineering.A sequel to his 1966 series, 'The Engineer in Wonderland', Laithwaite was the first person to present two series of Lectures on nationa

  • 49:14 James Burke Connections, Ep. 2 "Death in the Morning"

    James Burke Connections, Ep. 2 "Death in the Morning"

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    "Death in the Morning" examines the standardisation of precious metal with the touchstone in the ancient world. This innovation stimulated trade from Greece to Persia, ultimately causing the construction of a huge commercial center and library at Alexandr

  • 49:22 James Burke Connections, Ep. 3  "Distant Voices"

    James Burke Connections, Ep. 3 "Distant Voices"

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    "Distant Voices" suggests that telecommunications exist because Normans had stirrups for horse riding which in turn led them to further advancements in warfare. Deep mine shafts flooded and scientists in search of a solution examined vacuums, air pressure

  • 48:42 James Burke Connections, Ep. 4 "Faith in Numbers"

    James Burke Connections, Ep. 4 "Faith in Numbers"

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    "Faith in Numbers" examines the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance from the perspective of how commercialism, climate change, and the Black Death influenced cultural development. He examines the impact of Cistercian waterpower on the Indus

  • 49:49 Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark, Ep. 03 "Romance and Reality"

    Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark, Ep. 03 "Romance and Reality"

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    Beginning at a castle in the Loire and then travelling through the hills of Tuscany and Umbria to the cathedral baptistry at Pisa, Clark examines the aspirations and achievements of the later Middle Ages in 14th century France and Italy.The Gothic SpiritC

  • 49:18 Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark, Ep. 08 "The Light of Experience"

    Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark, Ep. 08 "The Light of Experience"

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    Clark tells of new worlds in space and in a drop of waterworlds that the telescope and microscope revealedand the new realism in the Dutch paintings of Rembrandt and other artists that took the observation of human character to a new stage of development

  • 50:00 Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark, Ep. 09 "The Pursuit of Happiness"

    Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark, Ep. 09 "The Pursuit of Happiness"

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    Clark talks of the harmonious flow and complex symmetries of the works of Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart and the reflection of their music in the architecture of the Rococo churches and palaces of Bavaria.French ClassicismJohann Sebastian BachBalthasar N

  • 48:59 Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark, Ep. 10 "The Smile of Reason"

    Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark, Ep. 10 "The Smile of Reason"

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    Clark discusses the Age of Enlightenment, tracing it from the polite conversations of the elegant Parisian salons of the 18th century to subsequent revolutionary politics, the great European palaces of Blenheim and Versailles, and finally Thomas Jefferson

  • 58:02 James Burke - The Neuron Suite

    James Burke - The Neuron Suite

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    The mysteries of the brain and nervous system are explored by James Burke and experts in brain researchScience historian James Burke roams the Hotel del Coronado, using its services as a metaphor for the neuro-chemical activity of the human brain.With exp

  • 49:22 James Burke Connections, Ep. 1 "The Trigger Effect"

    James Burke Connections, Ep. 1 "The Trigger Effect"

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    "The Trigger Effect" details the world's present dependence on complex technological networks through a detailed narrative of New York City and the power blackout of 1965. Agricultural technology is traced to its origins in ancient Egypt and the invention

  • 1:03:05 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 10 "The Edge of Forever"

    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 10 "The Edge of Forever"

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    Beginning with the origins of the universe in the Big Bang, Sagan describes the formation of different types of galaxies and anomalies such as galactic collisions and quasars. The episode moves further into ideas about the structure of the Universe, such

  • 1:00:25 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 01 "The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean"

    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 01 "The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean"

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    Carl Sagan opens the program with a description of the cosmos and a "Spaceship of the Imagination" (shaped like a dandelion seed). The ship journeys through the universe's hundred billion galaxies, the Local Group, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Milky Way, the

  • 1:00:12 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 02 "One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue"

    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 02 "One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue"

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    Sagan discusses the story of the Heike crab and artificial selection of crabs resembling samurai warriors, as an opening into a larger discussion of evolution through natural selection (and the pitfalls of intelligent design). Among the topics are the dev

  • 58:23 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 03 "Harmony of the Worlds"

    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 03 "Harmony of the Worlds"

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    Beginning with the separation of the fuzzy thinking and pious fraud of astrology from the careful observations of astronomy, Sagan follows the development of astronomical observation. Beginning with constellations and ceremonial calendars (such as those o

  • 1:01:04 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 04 "Heaven and Hell"

    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 04 "Heaven and Hell"

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    Sagan discusses comets and asteroids as planetary impactors, giving recent examples of the Tunguska event and a lunar impact described by Canterbury monks in 1178. It moves to a description of the environment of Venus, from the previous fantastic theories

  • 1:01:13 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 05 "Blues For a Red Planet"

    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 05 "Blues For a Red Planet"

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    The episode, devoted to the planet Mars, begins with scientific and fictional speculation about the Red Planet during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, Edgar Rice Burroughs' science fiction books, and P

  • 1:01:07 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 06 "Traveller's Tales"

    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 06 "Traveller's Tales"

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    The journeys of the Voyager probes is put in the context of the Netherlands in the seventeenth century, with a centuries-long tradition of sailing ship explorers, and its contemporary thinkers (such as Constantijn Huygens and his son Christian). Their dis

  • 58:30 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 07 "The Backbone of Night"

    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 07 "The Backbone of Night"

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    Carl Sagan teaches students in a classroom in his childhood home in Brooklyn, New York, which leads into a history of the different mythologies about stars and the gradual revelation of their true nature. In ancient Greece, some philosophers (Aristarchus

  • 1:01:36 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 08 "Travels in Space and Time"

    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 08 "Travels in Space and Time"

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    Ideas about time and space are explored in the changes that constellations undergo over time, the redshift and blueshift measured in interstellar objects, time dilation in Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, the designs of both Leonardo da Vinci and s

  • 59:28 Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 09 "The Lives of the Stars"

    Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Ep. 09 "The Lives of the Stars"

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    The simple act of making an apple pie is extrapolated into the atoms and subatomic particles (electrons, protons, and neutrons) necessary. Many of the ingredients necessary are formed of chemical elements formed in the life and deaths of stars (such as ou

  • 1:00:12 Eric Laithwaite 1974 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 4 "The Jabberwock"

    Eric Laithwaite 1974 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 4 "The Jabberwock"

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    Professor Eric Laithwaite presents his second televised series of CHRISTMAS LECTURES exploring the world of engineering.A sequel to his 1966 series, 'The Engineer in Wonderland', Laithwaite was the first person to present two series of Lectures on nationa

  • 58:09 Eric Laithwaite 1974 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 3 "Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow"

    Eric Laithwaite 1974 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 3 "Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow"

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    Professor Eric Laithwaite presents his second televised series of CHRISTMAS LECTURES exploring the world of engineering.A sequel to his 1966 series, 'The Engineer in Wonderland', Laithwaite was the first person to present two series of Lectures on nationa

  • 59:35 Eric Laithwaite 1974 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 2: "Tweedledum and Tweedledee"

    Eric Laithwaite 1974 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 2: "Tweedledum and Tweedledee"

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    Professor Eric Laithwaite presents his second televised series of CHRISTMAS LECTURES exploring the world of engineering.A sequel to his 1966 series, 'The Engineer in Wonderland', Laithwaite was the first person to present two series of Lectures on nationa

  • 56:43 Eric Laithwaite 1974 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 1: "Looking Glass House"

    Eric Laithwaite 1974 RI Christmas Lectures, Lecture 1: "Looking Glass House"

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    Professor Eric Laithwaite presents his second televised series of CHRISTMAS LECTURES exploring the world of engineering.A sequel to his 1966 series, 'The Engineer in Wonderland', Laithwaite was the first person to present two series of Lectures on nationa


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