BRITISH INVENTORS & INNOVATORS
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William of Ockham establishes a principle basic to the development of science.
HAVING A BALL
The Mertonians are centuries ahead of their time in experimenting with motion.
THE QUARREL OF ISAAC NEWTON AND ROBERT HOOKE
Unable to attend school until he is a teenager, Robert Hooke learns algebra in a week. He goes on to describe the laws of modern construction, opens up the hidden world of biological structure, and invents the universal joint (essential to the drive shaft of a car). Isaac Newton is a colleague of Hooke's. He doesn't impress his school teachers, but he does illuminate the universe.
HOW TO MAKE MONEY
In the 18th century John Law invents the idea of credit, and rescues and ruins the French Government. British philosopher and economist Adam Smith explains why individual freedom is necessary to the economic health of nations. Their ideas will have momentous consequences. Smith’s personal life reflects a little-remarked but significant aspect of capitalism.
THE LANGUAGE OF CLOUDS
Inspired by a volcanic eruption, Luke Howard establishes the science of weather prediction.
The true story of one of the most important medical discoveries ever made is more intriguing than the legend.
A LIKING FOR TRAVEL
British doctors show unusual fortitude in pursuing medical advances despite the violent scepticism of their patients and colleagues: Harvey describes the circulation of blood through the body and the function of the heart; ‘Dr. Listerine’ » discovers and promotes antiseptic surgery; and Charnley figures out pain-free, long-lasting joint replacements.
Brilliant and freewheeling, Lord Kelvin helps to lay the first working telegraph cable on the bottom of the ocean floor. Indefatigable Alexander Graham Bell invents many other curious devices in addition to the telephone, and Tim Berners-Lee launches the World Wide Web.
Undaunted by the shipwreck he suffered in the Atlantic, Alfred Russel Wallace traveled across the Pacific to the Malay Archipelago. Becoming ill with malaria in the jungle, he conceived the Theory of Natural Selection while lying racked by fever and chills in a hammock. What happens when he sends his idea to Charles Darwin may give us some ideas about survival of the fittest.
THE ELEPHANT AND THE FLEA
After John Dalton and Ernest Rutherford delve into atomic structure, Cockcroft and Walton are able to split the atom. Their breakthroughs, crucial for medical science and the creation of energy, owe something to the theory of the elephant and the flea.
Exploring unmapped wilderness halfway around the world, horticultural heroes risk their lives to get rare plant specimens back to London. See The English Garden Part 2. One result is the development of major food and pharmaceutical industries.
VISION AT A DISTANCE
VISION CLOSE UP
Dr. John Snow helps to end cholera, a scourge of mankind, because he looks so closely at the Broad Street pump and the patients dying around the well. A century later, three men and one woman looking at the complex shadows cast by molecules unlock the code to DNA and open new opportunities for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.
THE BREAD OF LIFE
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE
Frank Whittle’s heroic efforts to build a jet plane have to overcome bureaucratic resistance and physical forces that almost tear his engine apart.
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