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Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity

Synopsis
Three programmes telling the story of electricity and the history of its discovery and applications. The first programme SPARK, is about the very first scientists who studied electricity. Known as ‘natural philosophers’ they examined electricity’s link to life, built instruments to create it and even tamed lightning. Programme two, The AGE OF INVENTION exammines the connections between electriticity and magnetism and looks at the work of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, who developed their rival electrical currents: AC and DC. The final programme REVELATIONS AND REVOLUTIONS examines the discovery of electric fields and electromagnetic waves, as well as looking to the future with the potential applications of superconductivity.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Notes
Broadcast on 06 October 2011, BBC Four at 9pm
Subjects
History; Science
Keywords
Edison, Thomas (1847-1931); electricity; history of science; lightning; magnetism; Shelley, Mary; superconducting magnets; superconductivity; Tesla, Nicola

Credits

Director
Tim Usborne
Producer
Steve Crabtree
Contributor
Jim Al-Khalili

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£41.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
180 minutes
Year
2012

Sections

Title
Spark

Title
Age of Invention, The

Title
Revelations and Revolutions

Production Company

Name

Open University

Sponsor

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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
NB. As of May 2016 Open University Worldwide are no longer distributing DVDs. They have posted this message on their website: ‘Unfortunately Open University Worldwide Limited has decided that product sales are no longer viable given the reduced funding to Higher Education institutions and diminishing demand for the products we have traditionally stocked. At present the Open University Students Association (OUSA) will continue to sell the "Good Study Guide", and we are in discussion with other possible distributors to continue to make The Open University’s products available for purchase. As soon as we have any information on other channels of distribution we will update this notice’. Some products are still available via second hand dealers on Amazon.co.uk

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