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A science odyssey

Author: Charles OsgoodLarry KleinNoel BucknerRob WhittleseyAlice MarkowitzAll authors
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va.] : Distributed by PBS Home Video, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A chronicle of twentieth century scientific adventure.
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Osgood; Larry Klein; Noel Buckner; Rob Whittlesey; Alice Markowitz; Carl Charlson; David Espar; Diane Hendrix; Michael Rossiter; WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.). Science Unit.; Cinquième (Firm); PBS Home Video.
ISBN: 0780622103 9780780622104 0780622111 9780780622111 078062212X 9780780622128 0780622138 9780780622135 0780622146 9780780622142 0780622154 9780780622159
OCLC Number: 39034872
Language Note: Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Notes: Title on label of v. 1: A matter of life and death.
Originally broadcast on PBS in 1998.
Credits: Executive producer, Thomas Friedman; narrator, Charles Osgood.
Performer(s): Narrator, Charles Osgood.
Description: 5 videocassettes (120 min. each) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in. + 6 index booklets (19 cm.) + 1 educator's guide (28 cm.)
Details: VHS; stereo.
Contents: Tape 1. Matters of life and death / written & produced, Larry Klein --
Tape 2. Mysteries of the universe / written, produced, directed, Noel Buckner & Rob Whittlesey --
Tape 3. In search of ourselves / written & produced, Alice Markowitz --
Tape 4. Bigger, better, faster / written & produced, Carl Charlson --
Tape 5. Origins / produced & directed, David Espar, Diane Hendrix & Michael Rossiter.
Other Titles: Matters of life and death.
Matter of life and death.
Mysteries of the universe.
In search of ourselves.
Bigger, better, faster.
Origins.
Science odyssey (Television program)
Responsibility: a WGBH Science Unit Production in association with La Cinquième.

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A chronicle of twentieth century scientific adventure.

Tape 1. Matters of life and death: (Medicine and health) From the days of house calls to the era of high-tech hospitals, tracks the passion and determination of medical science in the twentieth century. Dramatic experiments, the politics of science, and races against the clock form a backdrop to the discovery of new treatments, antibiotics, and advances in surgery and medical technology that have lengthened our lives and force us to rethink our assumptions about life and death. Highlights include: Bubonic plague. Joseph Goldberger and pellagra. Frederick Banting, Charles Best, James Collip and insulin. Chronic illness. Alexander Fleming and penicillin. Howard Florey and Ernst Chain. Open heart surgery. Kidney and heart transplants. The mechanics and politics of organ transplantation. Cancer.

Tape 2. Mysteries of the universe: (Physics and astronomy) At the beginning of the century, discoveries about the hidden workings of the everyday world suggest all is not as it seems. Quantum theory, relativity, nuclear power, and clues about the birth and death of the universe have rocked our deepest beliefs. Journeys from the subatomic world of the atom to the farthest reaches of space and time, and into the laboratories of the men and women whose work has forever altered physics and astronomy. Highlights include: George Ellery Hale and the Mount Wilson telescope. Henrietta Leavitt. Edwin Hubble. Albert Einstein. Niels Bohr and the Quantum Theory of Matter. The structure of the atom. Jocelyn Bell and pulsars. The size of the universe. The Big Bang. Black holes. Quarks. Super colliders. Unified field and string theories.

Tape 3. In search of ourselves: (Human behavior) Traces the pendulum swing of psychological theory from nature to nurture and back again. Case studies, classic experiments, and research on the brain blaze this trail of discovery, revealing what we have learned about ourselves and what still remains a riddle. We also see the dark side of our faith in the perfectibility of human nature, as scientific ideas are twisted to fit political agendas. A story of the lessons learned, as well as the ways which we have learned them. As the century draws to a close, human behavior remains an irresistible frontier. Highlights include: Jean-Martin Charcot and hysteria. Sigmund Freud. Psychoanalysis. Shell shock. IQ tests. Eugenics. Scientist-turned-ad-man John B. Watson and the behaviorist movement. Conditioning. B. F. Skinner. Harry Harlow and the power of love and comfort. Frieda Fromm Reichmann and the treatment of schizophrenia at Chestnut Lodge. Mental institutions. Drug therapy. Alzheimer's disease.

Tape 4. Bigger, better, faster: (Technology) Starts in a modest, turn-of-the-century home. Inklings of change are evident, but are the residents prepared for the technological transformation the coming years will bring? The startling view of gravity-defying humans flying free from the earth is just an introduction to the surprises ahead. And each new technological development, whether a car for the masses or a worldwide computer network, brings profound changes to homes across the country and the globe--and to the lives of the people in them. Highlights include: The Wright brothers. France and the US compete for first flying honors. Cal Rodgers, the "Vin Fiz" Flyer, and the first trans-American flight. The airplane goes to war. Henry Ford and the Model T. Mass production--and consumption. Technology pushes social change. Radio. The 1939 World's Fair. Breaking the polymer barrier. Wallace Carothers and nylon. The Whirlwind. NASA and the space race. The Internet and the World Wide Web.

Tape 5. Origins: (Earth and life sciences) The earthquake that shatters San Francisco in 1906 opens a century of explosive discoveries and debates in the earth sciences. See the Earth through the eyes of Alfred Wegener, who struggles to convince the scientific establishment that continents move. Watch as radiodating techniques increase Earth's estimated age--sometimes inspiring skepticism if not outrage. Meanwhile, a parallel upheaval rumbles the life sciences, where new evidence of our primate ancestors and the discovery of DNA's structure stir up controversies of their own. Ancient fossils and living cells give up their secrets to change our view of our species and the mechanics of life. Highlights include: Age and origins of the Earth. Volcanoes. Earthquakes. Alfred Wegener. Continental drift. Harry Hess. Plate tectonics. The Himalayas. The formation of mountains. Religion, myth, and science. Human origins. The Scopes trial. The legacy of Charles Darwin. Mutation and adaptation. Paleoanthropology. Louis and Mary Leakey. Donald Johanson and "Lucy." Primordial soup. DNA. Origins of life.

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