The Long Chain & Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

The Long Chain & Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

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 long chain: Often, materials discovered by accident alter the course of the world. In the 1600s Dutch commercial freighters controlled Atlantic trade routes. Competing British lines induced America to produce pitch to protect hulls of their royal vessels. This arrangement lasted until 1776, after which a Scottish inventor tried to produce pitch from coal tar. by the time he succeeded the navy was using copper instead.
Eat, drink, and be merry: When Napoleon marched huge forces across Europe, he needed an dfficient way to store provisions. A Frenchman preserved sterilized food in empty champahne bottles, an idea moditied by the British, who tried tin cans. Still, canned foods sometimes spoiled, which led to experiments with refrigeration. Later, it was discovered that gases may be stored at very low temperatures in a thermos flask, when lit by a spark these gases can send rockets into space.
Publisher: [s.l.]: Ambrose Video, 2007
Branch Call Number: DVD 609 CON v. 7&8
Characteristics: 1 videodisc :,sd., col.
Alternative Title: Eat, drink, and be merry [DVD]


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