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The Resource Connections 1, British Broadcasting Corporation and Time-Life Films ; produced by Mick Jackson and David Kennard ; written and presented by James Burke, (DVD videorecording)

Connections 1, British Broadcasting Corporation and Time-Life Films ; produced by Mick Jackson and David Kennard ; written and presented by James Burke, (DVD videorecording)

Label
Connections 1
Title
Connections 1
Statement of responsibility
British Broadcasting Corporation and Time-Life Films ; produced by Mick Jackson and David Kennard ; written and presented by James Burke
Title variation
Connections one
Contributor
Film distributor
Film producer
Onscreen presenter
Production company
Publisher
Screenwriter
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • James Burke presents science as a detective story, illustrating the connections between events of the past and inventions of the future. Burke tracks through twelve thousand years of history for the clues that lead to eight great life-changing inventions-- the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television
  • Disc 1. 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. Death in the Morning examines the standardization of precious metal with the touchstone in the ancient world. -- Disc 2. Distant Voices suggests that telecommunications exist because Normans had stirrups for horse riding which in turn led them to further advancements in warfare. 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. -- Disc 3.The Wheel of Fortune traces astrological knowledge in ancient Greek manuscripts from Baghdad's founder, Caliph Al-Mansur, via the Muslim monastery/medical school at Gundeshapur, to the medieval Church's need for alarm clocks (the water horologium and the verge and foliot clock). Thunder in the Skies implicates the Little Ice Age (ca. 1250-1300 AD) in the invention of the chimney, as well as knitting, buttons, wainscoting, wall tapestries, wall plastering, glass windows, and the practice of privacy for sleeping and sex .-- Disc 4. The Long Chain traces the invention of the Fluyt freighter in Holland in the 1500s. Voyages were insured by Edward Lloyd (Lloyd's of London) if the ships hulls were covered in pitch and tar which came from the colonies until the American Revolution in 1776. Eat, Drink and Be Merry begins with plastic, the plastic credit card and the concept of credit then leaps back in time to to the Dukes of Burgundy, which was the first state to use credit. -- Disc 5. Countdown connects the invention of the movie projector to improvements in castle fortifications caused by the invention and use of the cannon. Yesterday, Tomorrow and You. A bit of a recap: change causes more change. Start with the plow, you get craftsmen, civilization, irrigation, pottery and writing, mathematics, a calendar to predict floods, empires, and a modern world where change happens so rapidly you can't keep up.-- http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/
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TLM
Characteristic
videorecording
Language note
Closed captioned
PerformerNote
Presenter, James Burke
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1936-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Burke, James
  • Jackson, Mick
  • Kennard, David
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Time-Life Films
  • Ambrose Video Publishing
Runtime
520
Series statement
BBC classics
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  • Inventions
  • Technology
  • Technology and civilization
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Nonfiction television programs
  • Documentary television programs
  • Science television programs
  • Historical television programs
  • Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Technique
live action
Label
Connections 1, British Broadcasting Corporation and Time-Life Films ; produced by Mick Jackson and David Kennard ; written and presented by James Burke, (DVD videorecording)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from disc
  • Videodisc release of the 1988 television series
  • Epsiodes given volume numbering on containers
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Contents
[Disc 1] v. 1. The trigger effect -- v. 2. Death in the morning -- [Disc 2] v. 3. Distant voices -- v. 4. Faith in numbers -- [Disc 3] v. 5. The wheel of fortune -- v. 6. Thunder in the skies -- [Disc 4] v. 7. The long chain -- v. 8. Eat, drink, and be merry -- [Disc 5] v. 9. Countdown -- v. 10 Yesterday, tomorrow, and you
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
5 videodiscs (ca. 100 min. each)
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
739815003509
Other physical details
sd., col.
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)156835801
  • (OCoLC)ocn156835801
  • 768689
  • 763128
System details
DVD
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Connections 1, British Broadcasting Corporation and Time-Life Films ; produced by Mick Jackson and David Kennard ; written and presented by James Burke, (DVD videorecording)
Publication
Note
  • Title from disc
  • Videodisc release of the 1988 television series
  • Epsiodes given volume numbering on containers
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Contents
[Disc 1] v. 1. The trigger effect -- v. 2. Death in the morning -- [Disc 2] v. 3. Distant voices -- v. 4. Faith in numbers -- [Disc 3] v. 5. The wheel of fortune -- v. 6. Thunder in the skies -- [Disc 4] v. 7. The long chain -- v. 8. Eat, drink, and be merry -- [Disc 5] v. 9. Countdown -- v. 10 Yesterday, tomorrow, and you
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
5 videodiscs (ca. 100 min. each)
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
739815003509
Other physical details
sd., col.
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)156835801
  • (OCoLC)ocn156835801
  • 768689
  • 763128
System details
DVD
Video recording format
DVD

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