The Wheel of Fortune & Thunder in the Skies

The Wheel of Fortune & Thunder in the Skies

DVD - 2007
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Series summary: As the Sherlock Holmes of science, Burke tracks through 12,000 years of history for the clues that lead us to eight great life changing inventions - the atomic bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television. Burke postulates that such changes occur in response to factors he calls "triggers," some of them seemingly unrelated. These have their own triggering effects, causing change in totally unrelated fields as well. And so the connections begin.
The wheel of fortune: The power to see into the future with computers originally rested with priest-astronomers who knew the proper times to plant and harvest. The constellations influenced life spectacularly, particularly when the ailing Caliph of Baghdad was cured by an astrologer using Greek lore. His ancient medical secrets were translated and spread throughout Europe, ushering in an era of scientific inquiry.
Thunder in the skies: A dramatically colder climate gripped Europe during the 13th century profoundly affecting the course of history for the next seven centuries. The changes in energy usage transformed architecture and forced the creation of new power sources. The coming of the Industrial Revolution, spurred on by advances in the steam engine, scarred England indelibly: but a moment in history later, gasoline-powered engines opened the way to the heavens.
Publisher: [s.l.]: Ambrose Video, 2007
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Branch Call Number: DVD 609 CON v. 5&6
Characteristics: 1 videodisc :,sd., col.
Alternative Title: Thunder in the skies [DVD]

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