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Connections I [videorecording] / British Broadcasting Corporation and Time-Life Films ; produced by Mick Jackson and David Kennard ; written and presented by James Burke.

Burke, James, 1936- screenwriter, onscreen presenter. (Added Author). Jackson, Mick, film producer. (Added Author). Kennard, David, film producer. (Added Author). British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service, production company. (Added Author). Time-Life Films, production company. (Added Author). Ambrose Video Publishing, publisher, film distributor. (Added Author).
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Available copies

  • 27 of 27 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

Current holds

0 current holds with 27 total copies.

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APLS-Decatur VID 609 CON DVD (Text) Disc 1 34207001703942 VIDA Available -
APLS-Decatur VID 609 CON DVD (Text) Disc 2 34207001703959 VIDA Available -
APLS-Decatur VID 609 CON DVD (Text) Disc 3 34207001703967 VIDA Available -
APLS-Decatur VID 609 CON DVD (Text) Disc 4 34207001703975 VIDA Available -
APLS-Decatur VID 609 CON DVD (Text) Disc 5 34207001703983 VIDA Available -
Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library - Greensburg DVD 609 CON Disc 1-2 (Text) 32826011669488 DVD Available -
Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library - Greensburg DVD 609 CON Disc 3-4 (Text) 32826011669546 DVD Available -
Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library - Greensburg DVD 609 CON Disc 5 (Text) 32826011669603 DVD Available -
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch DVD 609 CONNECTIONS DISC 1 (Text) Disc 1 33946003109191 Nonfiction DVDs . 2nd Floor Available -
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch DVD 609 CONNECTIONS DISC 2 (Text) Disc 2 33946003109134 Nonfiction DVDs . 2nd Floor Available -
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Record details

  • Physical Description: 5 videodiscs (approx. 100 min. each) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: New York : Ambrose Video Pub., 2007.

Content descriptions

General Note: Title from disc.
Videodisc release of the 1978 television series.
Episodes given volume numbering on containers.
Formatted Contents Note: [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.
Participant or Performer Note: Presenter, James Burke.
Summary, etc.: 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/
System Details Note: DVD.
Language Note: Closed captioned.
Subject: Inventions > History.
Technology > History.
Technology and civilization.
Civilization, Modern.
Genre: Nonfiction television programs.
Documentary television programs.
Science television programs.
Historical television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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