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  • Actors: Bill Nye
  • Format: NTSC, Color
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery Communications, Inc.
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J0TB88
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,612 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Join host Bill Nye as he recounts the 100 most important discoveries - and explains how each one has had a hand in shaping the modern world. Evolution & Earth Sciences: From the discovery of the dinosaur-killing KT asteroid to Carl Linnaeus' still-used life form classification system to the groundbreaking theories of Charles Darwin, learn how intelligent life began on earth. Venture beneath our planet's crust for a look at the powerful geological forces that keep life on the move and adapting - plate tectonics, earthquakes and super volcanoes. Medicine & Physics: With physician Andreas Vesalius's groundbreaking anatomical drawings in 1538, a new science was born. Witness the horror of a pre-anesthesia operating room, see how X-rays were discovered and meet the man who developed the first vitamin. Plus, learn how physicist Sir Isaac Newton developed his three laws of motion and travel inside the atom for an explosive look at Einstein's best-known theory. Astronomy & Chemistry: Copernicus first theorized that the Sun was the center of our solar system, but it took the work of Johannes Kepler to prove it. Learn why the universe is expanding and meet modern astronomers who gauge the likelihood of life "out there." Joesph Priestley initiated the study of chemistry in 1770 with the discovery of oxygen. Genetics & Biology: Gregor Mendel's work with pea plants pioneered the study of genetics, but it wasn't until the creation of the double helix DNA model that the field really began to take off. Hundreds of years before the first DNA test, "Micrographia" championed the use of microscopes and set the stage for the first major discovery in biology: microorganisms. Learn how the secret of the cell was solved and how starfish led to the development of stem cell research. Top Ten Discoveries: What are the 10 greatest scientific discoveries of all time? Find out which of the original 100 were voted by viewers as the most groundbreaking.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Hedlund on October 5, 2006
Bill Nye has such a comfortable and easy presentation. He makes difficult subjects easy to understand and draws the audience in with his manner and obvious interest in the subjects he discusses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sports Car Enthusiast on May 10, 2009
but I can't find it for sale anywhere. I wish this DVD set would become available again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 19, 2011
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"Bill Nye: 100 Greatest Discoveries"
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The more "big kid" version of the 1990s "Bill Nye, Science Guy" series, this five-part series is aimed at junior-high and high-school student, although bright younger kids should be able to follow a lot of it as well. The presentation is more serious and straightforward; Nye is personable but he leaves out the goofy jokes and novelty edits that made his earlier show more accessible to younger viewers. Overall, it's a good, solid series - not quite as lofty or as dense as "Nova" and its successors, but not as goofy as the earlier Nye offerings.

One problem I noticed while watching the Astronomy episode is that the content is poorly edited. The original show, as broadcast, is quite good, but for some reason when they transferred the show to DVD they chopped some bits out, I think because the dub editors got confused about some transitions that originally were built around commercial breaks - at any rate, there are a couple of glitches, notably their introduction of Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity - seems like a minute of so of content accidentally got chopped out. Ooops. It's not a deal-breaker, though: if you see this series (now out of print) definitely check it out. The information is solid and the presentation is very clear and concise. A good stepping stone to in-depth exploration of various topics. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's media reviews)
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By C. C. Frye on January 20, 2014
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This is the ultimate Bill Nye set. Covers a range of science content. Very well done. Marvelous purchase for science enthusiasts. Delivered quickly and in pristine condition (i could only find this used).
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