I loved the television series The Day The Universe Changed.
The British documentary series originally aired in 1985 and starred and was produced by science historian James Burke.
Here’s the description from Wikipedia:
The series’ primary focus is on the effect of advances in science and technology on western philosophy. The title comes from the philosophical idea that the universe essentially only exists as you perceive it through what you know; therefore, if you change your perception of the universe with new knowledge, you have essentially changed the universe itself.
To illustrate this concept, James Burke tells the various stories of important scientific discoveries and technological advances and how they fundamentally altered how western civilization perceives the world. The series runs in roughly chronological order, from around the beginning of the Middle Ages to the present.
What I love about the series was how Burke makes the connections between ideas–how he connects those dots–and illustrates how those ideas influenced the course of history.
Episode 1:The Way We Are
Episode 2:In The Light Of The Above
Episode 3:Point Of View
Episode 4:Matter Of Fact
Episode 5:Infinitely Reasonable
Episode 6:Credit Where It’s Due
Episode 7:What The Doctor Ordered
Episode 8:Fit To Rule
Episode 9:Making Waves
Episode 10:Worlds Without End
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