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The Story Of Science: Power, Proof and Passion [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Michael J. Mosley    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael J. Mosley
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IMIUG8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,156 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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102 of 103 people found the following review helpful
It's not easy to capture the entire history of scientific endeavour in six hours, but this series certainly offers an interesting and easily accessible overview. It also highlights some of the lesser-known characters from the last 500 years, not just the big names. So although Darwin and Galileo certainly appear, they don't hog entire programmes.
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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Man's Story of Science 20 Mar 2012
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As mentioned by other reviewers, trying to squeeze 'The Story of Science' into six one hour episodes is a tall order. After reading some of the lower score reviews, I came to this documentary with a degree of apprehension and relatively low expectations. As a result, I was not too disappointed; although, like the Curate's Egg, it was only good in parts and not good overall.
Originally trained as a doctor, prior to departing that career choice, Mosley demonstrates his bias of knowledge about things chemical and biological, more so than in engineering and physics. However, he is a credible presenter and able to hold one's interest with his own appreciation of some of the wonders he unmasks in his story.
Clearly, as reflected in my review title, this is 'One Man's Story of Science,' which is inevitable given the breadth of the subject. The story of science as told in various books on the history of science holds a huge amount of 'stories' and it is really a question of choice by the presenter, which inevitably leaves out many other 'stories.' However, Mosley's selection did provide a consistent theme that tried to show how six important questions could be answered via the lens of a history of development of ideas and the associated science.
My biggest surprise was the fact that Mosley's introduction to each of the series suggested that his over-arching theme of 'Power, Proof and Passion' was a somewhat unique if not innovative way of looking at the history of scientific development. Whilst it is true that not every historical account would include these three elements, it is false to suggest any novelty in this approach.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of the history of science 26 Dec 2010
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Over 6 episodes, Michael Mosley expounds the history of science from quantum physics to biology & ultimately to psychology. Given the breadth of the subject matter, none is dealt with in any depth. For instance the episode in which evolution is mentioned does not just focus on Darwin but rather provides one with its antecedents as well such the "uncomfortable" discoveries of the fossils of many extinct species, the realization that geological time spanned eons et cetera. By this method Mosley provides one with an understanding that the scientific discoveries were preceded by other discoveries & realizations that underpinned the latest discovery.

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.
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I bought this DVD for my parents for Christmas, they were very happy with it. I saw it on TV when it was screened but as they live in Spain I knew they would not have seen it. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars MM full of facts
Intriquing collection of facts.
Luv the way it's composites
shows what is real. The elements
to a Earthly show leaves dumbfounded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VALUE DVD
Haven't fully watched, but for the price good intro into the subject, and any age can follow, Easy viewing for all ages
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellant
this was just what i wanted. it is very good suitable for general knowledge and the ordinary person in the street
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I bought this book as part of my husbands birthday present and he hasn't had his birthday yet. But having looked through it . It looks very interesting
Published 14 months ago by M. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD
An excellent Blu-ray with very easy understanding. I'd recommend these shows to help youngsters to learn about science in more detail than they might otherwise learn at school.
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