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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…
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Benjamin Franklin - A Revolutionary Genius
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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.'
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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…
Can We Time Travel?
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Einstein: Light to the Power of 2
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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…