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Pushed to the Limit

Synopsis
Newton’s synthesis of terrestrial and celestial mechanics was so successful that it seemed that all of physics - and perhaps all of life - was deterministic. Newton’scheme allows for infinite speeds. In Newton’s time the speed of light was shown to be finite, this finiteness turns out to be a limiting speed - an absolute barrier. Einstein challenged classical ideas; today we have machines that demonstrate the breakdown of classical ideas and the need for new laws of nature.
Series
Understanding Space and Time, Course S357
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 28 min.
Year of production
1980
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Uses
1st- and 2nd-year history of science courses.*
Subjects
Physics
Keywords
Einstein, Albert; history of science; mechanics; Newton, Isaac

Credits

Producer
Andrew Crilly; Ian Rosenbloom
Contributor
Andrew Crilly
Cast
Alan Cooper 
George O Abell 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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