Follow James Burke through the history of science and technology. In this collection of 10 1-hour episodes, starting with "The Trigger Effect".
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James Burke explores key moments in Western History where new knowledge in science changed the way the modern Western world thinks.

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The Ascent of Man (TV Mini-Series 1973)
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An account of man's development through his scientific and technological achievements.

Stars: Jacob Bronowski, Joss Ackland, Roy Dotrice
Cosmos (TV Mini-Series 1980)
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Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn
Connections 2 (TV Mini-Series 1994)
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Sequel series to the 1979 "Connections" where historian James Burke walks the viewer through the tenuous threads of history that link seemingly obscure scientific breakthroughs and the ... See full summary »

Stars: James Burke, Steve Davis, Mandy Maxwell
Connections 3 (1997–1998)
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Stars: James Burke, John Carrigan
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 Himself - Presenter (10 episodes, 1978)
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This series explores the various paths of how technological change happens and the social effects of these changes on Western society. To illustrate this, James Burke follows various timelines of how one innovation lead to something seemingly totally unrelated in the future such as how a 17th century Dutch cargo ship design lead to development of plastic in the 20th century. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The first episode of the series, "The Trigger Effect", was adapted into a film of the same name. See more »

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Intriguing, entertaining, and accessible...
24 June 1999 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

The Connections series I, II and III are the most delightful and accessible approach to the history of the world and its' sciences since the Cosmos series. Compelling and Addictive... something on television that's truly worth watching. Companion books to the series are also available. The Connections series' blend of humor and Zen are incredibly entertaining--- Call it Life As We Know It 101.

Also recommended: The Day The Universe Changed series.


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