The Day The Universe Changed
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an iconic series about ideas and how they have shaped the world, and while the computers shown in some of the programs are now clearly outdated, Burke's predictions about... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nate
Wonderful, riveting description of the history of science. Will get your synapses popping.Published 5 months ago by Michael F. Campanella
There ARE moments in the life of peoples when history pivots because there's something undeniably true that contradicts what people had taken for granted for so long. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A conscientious guy
When I told John Burke my son loved his programs, he joked my son was the only person who actually watched his shows.
Well, I have to say, this mother watched too. Read more
An amazing tour of how the world encountered and then grew from the sudden discovery or loss of crucial technology. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Settles
An Excellent Series!
My grandchildren love it!
I can't say enough about it!