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

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  • Actors: Michael 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IMIUG8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,416 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 May 2010
Format: DVD
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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By DF McCleland VINE VOICE on 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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By The Old Grey Witch's Test VINE VOICE on 30 July 2010
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I'm a teacher of A-level general studies, and I think my students will enjoy these programmes a great deal. What none of the previous reviewers has mentioned is that an extra DVD 'Cell' is included which is a three part BBC Scotland production. This is really fantastic and well worth getting for A-level students either of biology or general studies.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Baty on 19 May 2011
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As indicated by other reviewers, this is a huge topic to cover in six hours but, given that constraint, this series is about as good as it can be. I note previous criticisms of the presenter, Michael Mosley, which mainly seem to dwell on his ordinariness. However, Mosley's Everyman style, for me, is the major appeal of this and other series he has presented. Unlike 'Wonders of the Solar System' where frontman Brian Cox was saddled with delivering words he clearly hadn't thought up himself, Mosley's approach is engagingly natural and enthusiastic: you feel involved because he involves himself in the ideas and experiments he is explaining. A beautifully-produced series that is a great modern take on the BBC's Reithian principles.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jean Michel on 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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