British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Accidental Inventions That Changed the World

Synopsis
Accidental Inventions examines the stories behind ten significant inventions, using historical photographs, 3D graphics, and interviews with professors and professionals from the FBI to the U.S. Air Force. The DVD explores these and other inventions, teaching us that sometimes the most important things are curiosity and an open mind. Products covered include: cellophane, dynamite, ether anesthesia, fingerprinting, matches, microwave, Post-It Notes, stainless steel, Teflon, velcro.

Bonus Sections: B-2 Bombers: Avoiding Radar / Visit Whiteman Air Force Base and learn how our B-2 bombers avoid radar detection; How do Microwave Ovens cook our Food?; Are Microwaves dangerous?; What is a proximity fuse?; The Invention of the Matchbook; The Matchgirls Strike of 1888; The horrors of Phossy Jaw;
Phosphorous Oxidation / Watch a scientist demonstrate the dangers of allowing phosphorous to be exposed to oxygen; Fingerprinting Today: Inside a fingerprint laboratory; Anesthesia Practice facility / a tour of a modern day anesthesia practice facility where high-tech mannequins are showcased; How tough is stainless steel?
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2009
Subjects
Science; Technology
Keywords
creative thinking; materials science; product development; technological innovation

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£29.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
84 minutes
Year
2009

Distributor

Name

Quantum Leap

Notes
The company ceased trading in 2018. It was previously a distributor and online retailer specialising in non-fiction DVD titles on a wide variety of subjects, particularly in the areas of music instruction, music performance, sport instruction, and health. Some titles also available through retail outlets.
 

Available from retail outlets

Record Stats

This record has been viewed 721 times.