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.

Stars: James Burke, Roger Avon, Jeff Pirie
Civilisation (TV Series 1969)
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Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider ... See full summary »

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An account of man's development through his scientific and technological achievements.

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Documentary series looking at the influence of art on the current day situation of our society.

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Life on Earth (TV Mini-Series 1979)
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David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of life on our planet.

Stars: David Attenborough
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Stars: Robert Kavesh, Friedrich von Hayek, Philip Mirowski
Cosmos (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
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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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In the conclusion to his groundbreaking series, James Burke continues to make incredible connections to history's most important discoveries and inventions.

Stars: James Burke, John Carrigan
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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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very good informational show
16 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this show is very entertaining. it takes you on these wild tangents to see how we got the things we use and depend on. like how sealing wax leads to something big and magnificent or crazy things like that its been a long time ago that i watched them but i remember being hooked on the show and watching it every time i could i remember it was on tlc back in the '90s when it originally aired

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