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Presented by veteran BBC historian and science reporter James Burke, this series explores influences of discoveries and shared knowledge on the perception of the Universe and man's place in it. James Burke looks at times when new knowledge or discoveries has altered that thinking and explores the cultural changes those discoveries effected.

Giftbox set of 10 programs on 5 DVDs

Programs in this series:
The Way We Are: It Started With The Greeks
In Light Of The Above: Medieval Conflict: Faith and Reason
Point Of View: Scientific Imagination In The Renaissance
A Matter Of Fact: Printing Transforms Knowledge
Infinitely Reasonable: Science Revises The Heavens
Credit Where It s Due: The Factory & Marketplace Revolution
What The Doctor Ordered: Social Impacts Of New Medical Knowledge
Fit To Rule: Darwin s Revolution
Making Waves: The New Physics Newton Revised
World s Without End: Changing Knowledge, Changing Reality

Features: Closed Captioned for the Hearing Impaired


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Product Details

  • Actors: James Burke
  • Directors: Richard Reisz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Ambrose Video Publishing Inc
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 550 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RCL5SQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By John Robertson on March 28, 2009
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If you're reading this, chances are you already know about James Burke masterworks of Connections 1 and The Day The Universe Changed, and are finally looking to own this magnificent collection on DVD, but I will try to help those not familiar with the series to understand what all the fuss is about. I will also try to update the review with a description of the product's video and sound quality once I've watched a few episodes, but I know the content well enough to review it now, having watched it on old video tapes twice within the last few years.

If you haven't watched TDTUC yet, I envy you. To see this series for the first time is a treat. Television production values have changed since this was filmed in the early 1980's, but in case you are not used to watching 26 year old British documentaries, please do not quickly judge this material based on the music, costumes or James' classic green outfit, as some reviews for Connections have done. This isn't going to be high-def, back-and-forth action, nor does it need to be. In fact, if you're like most who watch this, it will draw you in slowly. You will initially think you are learning about science and inventions, but by the closing credits of final episode World's Without End, you will probably have become a somewhat-changed person, learning about history, culture, as well as why things were invented, or often just stumbled upon. The series defies any existing class or style of documentary -- it is unique.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Sullivan on February 27, 2009
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I have adored this work for a couple of decades. I, of course, remember it when it aired originally on Public Broadcasting. I have had to make do with the companion book for many years until a VERY costly version came out on video cassette and was available at my local library for me to eagerly watch.

I think I'm so crazy about the series because I believe 'The Day the Universe Change' is the reason I can call myself marginally intelligent about both history and science. James Burke's creations (this and his earlier work 'Connections' have made me love both subjects equally because of his marvelous documentaries.

The genius of this program is that it draws you into the story and makes you start to think about how a people's (a society's) perspective come about. Among all the deep thinking is a roller coaster ride (literally) of all kinds of objects and people and events that have you laughing and, occasionally, saddened, by the curious behaviors that humans are capable of.

I mightily recommend this program, and only wish I could have gotten my hands on it earlier.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Phil Wernig on October 16, 2010
James Burke is a fellow you would love to have at your dinner party. Affable, articulate, avuncular, with his friendly nimbus of windblown hair crowning a broad forehead with dark thick eyebrows behind heavy framed glasses, his impeccable Oxford diction coddling every phrase with dry wit and charming colloquialisms, he is the perfect paragon of the beloved college professor. You and your guests would never be bored because he can talk agreeably about, well... everything.
Art, architecture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, math, medicine, languages, philosophy, social movements, political history - you name it. Other than in your living room or in a classroom, there is no better place for James Burke than on television.
From its earliest days, psychologists have been skeptical of television's suitability for education because the medium plays to a passive audience and is not designed for the mind's active participation. This view is valid as far as it goes but may slight the power of drama to edify, of well-executed productions to transport and the appeal of charismatic individuals to engage the imagination.
Burke enjoyed a long association with the British Broadcasting Corporation, commencing in 1966, both behind and in front of the camera. In July 1969 he covered the Apollo 11 moon landing for the BBC. From 1996 to 2001 he wrote a regular final page column for "Scientific American" magazine. His discourses maintained a chatty air, constructed with a satisfying circularity, beginning with a fascinating scientific observation, retreating to a salient historical moment, retracing steps and knitting up stitches until returning to his original point. He followed this general outline in four popular science and technology programs for the BBC and PBS networks.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By W. Mckinney on March 1, 2009
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I swear that James Burke could make watching paint dry interesting. I never thought I would see this series on DVD. When I first found it on an education web site for $900 I was very tempted to buy it. (But knew the wife would kill me if I did)
I don't know why it takes 3 weeks to get from Amazon, but it was well worth the wait.
I really enjoyes the historical recreations and felt like I was walking through time seeing how things we take for granted today really did change the way we see the world and the universe.
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