Connections 3
Ambrose Video (1997)
TV Series  /  Documentary, History
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8 hr 40 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   NR (Not Rated)
James Burke Himself / Presenter
Charles Mapleston
Producer James Burke
Helen Kelsey
Writer James Burke

The original ten volume series was made in 1978. The popular success of the series led to two sequels, Connections 2 (sometimes written Connections2) in 1994, and Connections 3 (or Connections3) in 1997, both produced for TLC. By turning science into a detective story James Burke creates a series that will fascinate students and adults alike. This interdisciplinary approach has never before been applied to history or science and it succeeds tremendously. Winner of the Red Ribbon in the American Film Festival, the scope of the series covers 19 countries and 150 locations, requiring over 14 months of filming. 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 atom 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...
Disc 01
 0 hr 50 mins  1.  Feedback
Electronic agents may be our servants using feedback mathematics that won World War II based on an idea from France's vinyards where the Humane Society began while a doctor in Michigan created cornflakes.
 0 hr 50 mins  2.  What's in a Name?
A breakfast leads to corn cob garbage used for "furfan" which creates resin for bonding that leads to inventing the tractor and diesel engine and to the creation of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
Disc 02
 0 hr 50 mins  3.  Drop the Apple
The benefactor of the Smithsonian discovered the mineral calamine that gives off electricity used to play records leading to Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and the creation of the atomic bomb.
 0 hr 50 mins  4.  Invisible Object
Connect black holes with fast food by travelling along the Pony Express, looking into a Sultan's finances, and discovering why beer is chilled. Along the way, go to a queen's party, see Buffalo Bill's show and learn about a historical disaster.
Disc 03
 0 hr 50 mins  5.  Life is No Picnic
Examine the interwoven histories of freeze dried coffee and soldier ration packs in WWII; the Star Spangled Banner and the Greek poem; and Europe's Romantic Movement and Darwin's theory of evolution.
 0 hr 50 mins  6.  Elementary Stuff
Explore histories intricate web of commonalties: spiritualism and the device that makes radio reception possible; Scottish oppression adn the creation of turpentine; and the debate over modern literature and the creation of Sherlock Holmes.
Disc 04
 0 hr 50 mins  7.  A Special Place
Connections between historical events are revealed and explored. Featured are a 400-year trip throught 20 locations; Swedish electricity, Dutch wind tunnels, and a new type of photographyl and WWI fighter-aces adn their eccentric uncles.
 0 hr 50 mins  8.  Fire From the Sky
What does majestic beauty of Icland's geysers have to do with the destruction of the Allied fire-bombing of Hamburg in WWII? Stop by Stonehenge, chat with the mystical Caballists, and interview Martin Luther and Mary Queen of Scots to find out.
Disc 05
 0 hr 50 mins  9.  Hit the Water
From the cockpit of the Tornado Fighter Bomber, dip into the history of margarine, dance at the ballet Copelia, and blow up a dam in Norway with a British commando team to find out why and how Hitler never farnessed haeavy water and the A-Bomb.
 0 hr 50 mins  10.  In Touch
An American scientist ponders the problem of nuclear fusion in 1951 and from the connections between the Eiffel Tower to modern oceanography, the Global Net is developed.
Edition Details
Series Connections
Release Date 9/2/2003
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Audio Tracks Stereo [English]
No. of Discs/Tapes 5
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