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Absolute zero

Author: David DuganMeredith Burch, (Producer)Tom ShachtmanMax De WardenerJustin BadgerAll authors
Publisher: [Boston] : WGBH Boston Video, [2008]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents the history of low-temperature research and the quest for ever-lower notches on the thermometer. The conquest of cold opens with experiments in the 1600s that asked what heat and cold are and whether they are different aspects of the same phenomenon. Shows how the experiments that settled those questions helped stoke the Industrial Revolution. The race for absolute zero dramatizes the rivalry between  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Television programs
Science television programs
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Television adaptations
Nonfiction television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities
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Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Dugan; Meredith Burch, (Producer); Tom Shachtman; Max De Wardener; Justin Badger; Justin Selway; Neil Ross; Windfall Films (Firm),; Meridian Productions, Inc.,; Twin Cities Public Television (Saint Paul, Minn.),; WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.),; British Broadcasting Corporation.; WGBH Video (Firm),; National Science Foundation (U.S.),
ISBN: 9781593758196 1593758197
OCLC Number: 226435001
Language Note: Closed-captioned; Optional audio-described soundtrack.
Notes: Title from time screen.
Based on the book: Absolute zero and the conquest of cold / by Tom Shachtman.
Originally broadcast on public television as an episode of the television program Nova in 2007.
Special features: DVD-ROM access to printable materials for educators (PDF format).
Credits: Edited by, Justin Badger ; music, Max de Wardener ; costume designer, Justin Selway
Performer(s): Narrator, Neil Ross.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen; Dolby Digital 2.0.
Contents: The conquest of cold. A malevolent force ; Quantifying cold ; The ice trade ; Cold engines ; The cold resource --
The race for absolute zero. The holy grail ; A temperature cascade ; Superconductivity ; A new state of matter ; Applications.
Other Titles: Conquest of cold.
Race for absolute zero.
Nova (Television program)
Responsibility: produced and directed by David Dugan ; written by Tom Shachtman ; co-produced by Meredith Burch ; a production of Windfall Films and Meridian Productions for TPT/Twin Cities Public Television and WGBH/Nova in association with the BBC.
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Presents the history of low-temperature research and the quest for ever-lower notches on the thermometer. The conquest of cold opens with experiments in the 1600s that asked what heat and cold are and whether they are different aspects of the same phenomenon. Shows how the experiments that settled those questions helped stoke the Industrial Revolution. The race for absolute zero dramatizes the rivalry between Scottish researcher James Dewar and Dutch physicist Heike Onnes, who plunged cold science to the forbidding realm at which oxygen and then hydrogen turn into liquids. Shows how the quest continues today as scientists pioneer super-fast computing near absolute zero--the ultimate chill of -459.67° F, where atoms slow to a virtual standstill.

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