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Part of the Series: Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin is born the 15th son of a modest candlemaker in puritanical Boston, a world circumscribed by superstition and religious intolerance. Taken out of school at the age of 10 and apprenticed to his brother as a printer, young Ben embarks on a remarkable course of self-education, reading voraciously…
The Making of a Revolutionary
Part of the Series: Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin is outgrowing the colonies; when Pennsylvania asks him to go to England on official business, he jumps at the chance. Accompanied by his beloved son, William, Franklin takes up residence in London and a new persona emerges. He indulges himself with the finest clothes, lavish food, abundant wine…
Benjamin Franklin - A Revolutionary Genius
The life and achievements of America's revolutionary genius are chronciled in his own words (plus those of a parade of historians). Produced by the production team responsible for the 1997 PBS series `Liberty! The American Revolution.'
Vitruvian Man & DNA
Part of the Series: The Beauty of Diagrams
Leonardo da Vinci's famous diagram of the perfect human body, drawn in the 1480s, defines our species like no other drawing before or since. It is also full of surprises... More recently, the Double Helix represents a scientific breakthrough that has been voted the most significant of the 20th century,…
Copernicus & Pioneer Plaque
Part of the Series: The Beauty of Diagrams
In 1543, a diagram drawn by a Polish priest revealed to the world a new idea, which forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it; the concept of a sun-centric universe. A plaque was put aboard the unmanned Pioneer space probe in 1972 to communicate fundamental…
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Series in which mathematician Marcus du Sautoy explores the stories behind some of the most familiar scientific diagrams
Einstein: Light to the Power of 2
This film is about Albert Einstein, a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics alongside quantum mechanics. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his "services to theoretical physics." At the end of a brilliant career in…
Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs
This film is about English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton (Karl Pruner) who is recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution. Newton made seminal contributions to optics, and he shares credit with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz for the development…
Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants
This film is about Galileo Galilei (Michael Moriarty from the TV series "Law and Order") who was an Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. He has been called the "father of observational astronomy", the "father of…
Leonardo: A Dream of Flight
This is a film about Leonardo da Vinci (Brent Carver, Tony Award Winner) who was an Italian Renaissance man of many capabilities and gifts whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. The story begins in…
Inside Einstein's Mind
Part of the Series: NOVA
On November 25th, 1915, Einstein published his greatest work: general relativity. The theory transformed our understanding of nature's laws and the entire history of the cosmos, reaching back to the origin of time itself. Now, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Einstein's achievement, NOVA tells the inside story of…
Newton & Nightingale
Part of the Series: The Beauty of Diagrams
Isaac Newton's ideas transformed our knowledge of what we see and how we see, and the prism and its refracted colours became a captivating image. 100 years later, Florence Nightingale's pioneering Rose Diagram was a catalyst in the creation of better and cleaner hospitals that would save thousands of lives.