Documentaries on various subjects
Black Holes - BBC Horizon (HD)
Black holes are one of the most destructive forces in the universe, capable of tearing a planet apart and swallowing an entire star. Yet scientists now believe they could hold the key to answering the ultimate question - what was there before the Big Bang?
The trouble is that researching them is next to impossible. Black holes are by definition invisible and there's no scientific theory able to explain them. Despite these obvious obstacles, Horizon meets the astronomers attempting to image a black hole for the very first time and the theoretical physicists getting ever closer to unlocking their mysteries. It's a story that takes us into the heart of a black hole and to the very edge of what we think we know about the universe.
Dr. Michio Kaku on BBC Four
This documentary about stupidity tells us the history of the word "moron", the difference between stupid, moron, smart, intelligent, genius and questions the regular practice of classifying peoples intelligence through standardized IQ tests. Of course also Mr. Bush is examined in this report. A well educated guy who, nevertheless, acts in a completely dumb way -- or at least wants us to believe so. Albert Einstein said: "Only two things are infinite the universe and stupidity. and I am not sure about the former."
The Hawking Paradox - BBC Horizon
Stephen Hawking is the most famous scientist on the planet. His popular science book 'A Brief History of Time' was a publishing sensation, staying at the top of the bestseller lists longer than any other book in recent history. But behind the public face lies an argument that has been raging for almost 30 years. Hawking shot to fame in the world of physics when he provided a mathematical proof for the Big Bang theory. This theory showed that the entire universe exploded from a singularity, an infinitely small point with infinite density and infinite gravity. Hawking was able to come to his proof using mathematical techniques that had been developed by Roger Penrose. These techniques were however developed to deal not with the beginning of the Universe but with black holes. Science had long predicted that if a sufficiently large star collapsed at the end of its life, all the matter left in the star would be crushed into an infinitely small point with infinite gravity and infinite density -- a singularity. Hawking realised that the Universe was, in effect, a black hole in reverse. Instead of matter being crushed into a singularity, the Universe began when a singularity expanded to form everything we see around us today, from stars to planets to people. Hawking realised that to come to a complete understanding of the Universe he would have to unravel the mysteries of the black hole.
Extreme Astronomy - Horizon: Seeing Stars
Around the world, a new generation of astronomers are hunting for the most mysterious objects in the universe. Young stars, black holes, even other forms of life. They have created a dazzling new set of super-telescopes that promise to rewrite the story of the heavens. This film follows the men and women who are pushing the limits of science and engineering in some of the most extreme environments on earth. But most strikingly of all, no-one really knows what they will find out there. Not even drop-dead good looks and boyish enthusiasm could save Brian Cox from the first law of science on TV. No matter how hard you try, you can't make cutting-edge astrophysics intelligible for the scientifically illiterate. After all, even the scientifically literate barely have a clue what's going on; and if they do, they don't always agree. So throughout Wonders of the Solar System, I found myself saying: "I'm sure this is a-m-aaazing, Brian, but I haven't a clue why." Horizon: Seeing Stars showcasing the world's best telescopes, got round this problem by not bothering to explain the difficult stuff, the basic message of the voiceover being: "This is all really important but I'm not going to say why, as you won't understand, so just sit back and enjoy the pictures because they are stunning." This no-nonsense approach was surprisingly effective because it lived up to its billing: the images were breathtaking.
Around The World in 90 minutes
At midnight, travel to the tiny country of Monaco and watch residents
riding on a gondola on a beautiful summer night. By 12:05 a.m. you are
transported to Canada to watch a gaggle of geese forage for food on a
grassy knoll. Seem impossible? Not when the photographs are provided by
the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth. Around The World
in 90 Minutes tells the spectacular story of what happens around the
globe during one 90-minute voyage through a series of high definition
images broadcast from thousands of miles away.
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Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Geographic presents the first accurate non-stop voyage from Earth to
the edge of the Universe using a single, unbroken shot through the use
of spectacular CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) technology.
on images taken from the Hubble telescope, Journey to the Edge of the
Universe explores the science and history behind the distant celestial
bodies in the solar system.
This spectacular, epic
voyage across the cosmos, takes us from the Earth, past the Moon and our
neighboring planets, out of our Solar System, to the nearest stars,
nebulae and galaxies and beyond – right to the edge of the Universe
When you finish this video, you will walk
away from it with an awareness that you never had before, of the unseen
astronomically massive universe that we float around on like a spec of
dust in the ocean.
This video takes you on a journey
through the universe as if you are watching a Sci Fi adventure. Yet you
constantly have to remind yourself that what you’re seeing is really