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The Story Of Science: Power, Proof and Passion [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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For three thousand years, we have struggled to answer the great questions: the what, the where, the how and the why of mankind and our planet. In this fascinating series, award-winning journalist Michael Mosley explains how our knowledge of science has grown over time.
We learn about some of the great figures in the history of science - Galileo, Newton and Darwin - but also of the astronomer who lost his nose in a duel but helped create a new vision of the cosmos and the alchemist who tried to make gold from human urine, and set us on the course to modern chemistry.
An insightful and entertaining series, The Story of Science reveals how the political upheavals of history combine with iconic inventions and discoveries, along with the ideas of great thinkers, to create the advances that have transformed our lives.
Bonus Feature: Cell In this three-part series, Dr Adam Rutherford tells the extraordinary story of the scientific quest to discover the secrets of the cell, the basis of all life on earth.
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Each of the six programmes follows a theme through history; an understanding of the solar system, the development of chemistry, how geology influenced the theory of evolution, how humans have sought to power their lives, and so on. If you've never quite understood what atoms are or how evolution works, then this might be your chance to find out!
The presenter, Michael Mosley, reconstructs many initial experiments to demonstrate how great-breaking (or just plain weird) they were. This isn't stuffy, schoolroom science: it's an explanation of how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society's development. Ways of thinking generate discoveries which in turn affect society and allow the next set of intertwined developments. This series makes it perfectly clear that `science' isn't separate from humanity, and it's not the work of single individuals in isolation who have `eureka' moments. Most science is collaborative or builds upon previous work, layers and layers peeling back to reveal something closer to the truth at each stage. The BBC have aimed to present the story of how scientific ideas shaped the modern world and how science made history.What is out there, what is the world made of, where did we come from?
The filming uses very familiar techniques; a bit of globe-trotting to picturesque locations and plenty of talking to camera in famous places where Things Were Discovered.Read more ›
By this method, he makes it abundantly clear that science is not merely a series of Eureka moments but rather the culmination of prior discoveries or serendipitous events.
By travelling to Prague when discussing Tyco, or to Padua University in Italy when dealing with anatomy he provides a feel for the setting in which such discoveries were made. This does not merely result in a travelogue type of documentary but genuinely adds a visual dimension to a subject which could be presented in a dull & boring manner.
Interesting asides are discussed within the context of the subject matter. In particular, I found the discovery of mauve in the episode dealing with Chemistry interesting. Many more snippets such as this adorn this series.
Some people might find the fact that Mosley re-performs an experiment a waste of time in that it lacks all the details of the original one but it certainly adds flavour to the story.Read more ›
This BBC series is very well made, and highly recommended to anyone who might be interested in understanding the beginning of science and even to those whose perception of life needs to be expanded in a reasonable way.
I would humbly make one remark though: in one of the last episodes the writer spends a lot of time explaining energy, and yet it failed to demonstrate how cells yield energy for survival. I believe that with some insight in the matter the viewer could be enlighted about why the daily intake of food is necessary for the build up of molecules or to produce the energy we need to think and to move. Of course, there are explanations in several levels, biochemically speaking, but metaphors would be easy to use, in order to demonstrate the production, capture and usage of chemical energy within cells.
Having said that, I think it is an excellent series and I would heartily recommended it.
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Nicely scratches the surface on science and gently nudges you to find out a little bit more!!!Published 3 months ago by Brian
A very well presented DVD,plenty of information combined with interesting facts relating a wide field of science. A must for the DVD library.Published 8 months ago by James John Rafferty
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