Every time we switch on a light or boil a kettle we rely on power - but most people don't stop to think about the inventions and discoveries that allow us to live the way we do. In an ... See full summary »
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Michael Mosley ...
 Himself - Presenter (4 episodes, 2013)
Mark Miodownik ...
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Cassie Newland ...
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 Himself - University of Lincoln (2 episodes, 2013)
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Every time we switch on a light or boil a kettle we rely on power - but most people don't stop to think about the inventions and discoveries that allow us to live the way we do. In an exciting new four-part series for BBC Two, The Genius of Invention reveals the fascinating chain of events behind inventions that make everyday life possible. Written by BBC

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21 January 2013 (UK)  »

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Interesting show but a bit limited in content.
3 February 2016 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

The first episode did not even mention Tesla's invention of power transmission. They at least got the fact right that James Watt did not invent the steam engine, he only improved the efficiency of the atmospheric steam engine.

You get the impression James Watt was in it for the money as he must've had great legal or financial advice as he got royalties for the coal saved. This arrangement was very lucrative. The patents stifled improvements as they were too broad I think. No one could redo the common "condenser" as James Watt already had that covered.

The show covers the invention and improvement of the turbine which made for an interesting viewing.

It has a lot of fluff and not a lot of content, made palatable to young school age students maybe.


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