Dr. Ken Donaldson is obsessing over his experiment to make organic molecules, to 'create life'. This TV episode aired two years after the first report on the Miller-Urey Experiment. Miller and Urey prepared a chamber containing methane, ammonia, hydrogen, and water to simulate Earth's primordial atmosphere. Within the chamber, electric sparking simulated lightning. This simple set-up produced many of the basic molecules of life and gave credence to the 'primordial soup' idea about the origins of life on Earth. See more »
Probably the Most Insensitive Person on the Face of the Earth
Here we go again. Another scientist, working twenty-four hours a day, trying to find a way to direct photons to help and destroy. He also believes he can convert energy to matter. Meanwhile, his adoring wife hangs in there with him. I don't know why. He is so absorbed that he goes beyond the limits, even for this show. What he is not aware of is the illness his wife is carrying, some glandular malfunction that has given her a death sentence. Had she died he probably wouldn't have noticed for several days. There is some debate about the rights of men to explore the creation of the universe. What is even more interesting than the episode is Truman Bradley, looking over his gigantic Bible (Genesis has apparently moved more toward the middle) and trying to explain the creation of the universe. He uses pinwheels, the ones we see at fireworks displays to show how Earth came to be. Big Bang anyone?
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