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The Day the Universe Changed 

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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This series based on a simple premise, the universe is essentially only how you yourself perceive it. If you change what you know about the universe, then to you, you have essentially changed the universe itself. In this series, James Burke explores nine key moments in the history of the Western world when the introduction of new knowledge and/or technology has led to profound changes in how the West thinks. These include things like the introduction of Guttenberg's printing press, Copernicus's sun centered universe model and Darwin's publishing of his theory of evolution. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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A Brilliant Excercise in Knowledge
27 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have watched this series over again on tape to the point of destruction and look forward to someday owning a fresh DVD copy.

It is, as my title says, a revelation in the art of bringing an interesting way to learn to the masses. Much like Carl Sagan, James Burke neither complicates nor dumbs down the story of how our view of things is made up of what we know RIGHT NOW.

I agree that it should be made part of high-school classes but I fear that Burke's rather staid sense of humor would turn off groups. Best watched alone with complete attention.

Do not pass up an opportunity to see this remarkable mind-expanding series.


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