Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Connections 2 |
5 DVD set
Actor: James Burke
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
The favorite of students and educators everywhere, James Burke the scientific detective is back tracking the fascinating links between technological invention, social history, economics, and, well, everything. Life is a g... more »
Great Box Set! Confusingly listed on Amazon.com however...
M. Phillips | Asheville, NC | 12/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Firstly, this is NOT Connections Vol. 2, it is CONNECTIONS 2 as in Connections Series 2. By saying it is "Vol. 2", people are likely to think it's merely one disc or volume in a series.
There were three series by James Burke in this vein. Connections (10 50 min. episodes), Connections 2 (20 30 min. episodes), and Connections 3 (10 45 min. episodes). Also, there was "The Day the Universe Changed" a series of 10 50 min. episodes.
This is actually a five-disc box set with the entire Connections 2 series. The episodes are as follows:
Connections 2 DVD - Disc. 1
Discover how the steam engine led to safety matches, imitation diamonds and the moon in a wild ride.
What has Freud got to do with maps? Or prison reform with blue dye? Or the inside of a star with the Himalayas? India reveals the answers.
Getting It Together
Start by examining a SWAT team, which leads to hot air ballooning, the root of many inventions.
Who stole a set of billiard balls in 1902 and why was he the most famous crook in history? The clues: maps from 1775, Charles Darwin's cousin and the FBI.
Connections 2 DVD - Disc. 2
Something for Nothing
Something impossible happened 400 years ago. And we wound up in outer space, thanks (en route) to pigeon lovers, the Pope, and electric Italian frogs.
Echoes of the Past
On his way to finding the secret of the universe, Burke takes us to the Buddhist tea ceremony, ties it to international spies and Lincoln's assassination.
The Le Mans 24-hour race is the backdrop for linking photography and bullets, relativity and blimps.
Two trails split over slavery in the 18th Century. One route leads to the Wild West and Brooklyn Bridge, the other coining money and TV. Both end with a threat to peace.
Connections 2 DVD - Disc. 3
Unwrap a sandwich and you're on a path to World War II radar and Neo-Impressionist painters.
History repeats itself, when you know how to look. Pizzaro beats the Incas, the first stock market opens. The Queen of England salutes a Mexican beetle and Hitler's plans misfire.
Microscopic bugs inspired the novel "Frankenstein" which aided the birth of Socialism.
The connections between a cup of tea, opium dens, the London Zoo and a switch that releases bombs.
Connections 2 DVD - Disc. 4
The Big Spin
The greatest medical accident in history starts a trail that leads to Helen of Troy, 17th Century flower-power, the invention of soda pop and earthquake detection.
A Baltimore man invented the bottle, which led to razors and clock springs, and the Hubble telescope.
Hairdressers, Gold Rush miners, Irish potato farmers and English parliamentarians are really tied together.
A sick lawyer in 18th Century France changes farming and triggers the French Revolution and new medical research.
Connections 2 DVD - Disc. 5
One medieval word kicks off the investigation into different cultures with the same stories that ends in cultural anthropology.
Dutch piracy starts international law and French probability math, phonetics and Victorian seances.
Better Than the Real Thing
How the zipper started with technology Jefferson picked up in Paris during a row about Creation.
Robin Hood starts us on a trail from medieval showbiz to land drainage, to the invention of decimals that end up in U.S. currency, thanks to the guy who started the Erie Canal.
Having cleared that up, I wish to say that this is a great series and DVD set. Very eye-opening and educational.
It would make a great educational gift for children or a fun gift for adults. Anyone with an inquiring mind will be fascinated by James Burke's wit and intelligence, not to mention his charismatic delivery."
Second Incredible Series from James Burke
L. Newman | Seattle, WA USA | 05/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whether the second series of Connections is better or worse that the original is a matter of some arguement, but that they are both great is not. Why? Because for once someone was able to communicate history in an exciting and faciating form, showing that every person, event, or invention relates in some way to every other. Imagine a "six degrees of separation" through history, mix in a strong sense of how to tell the _story_ of history, add in a wicked sense of humor and wit, and you might have some idea of the brilliance of this show.Until amazon gets it listed, you can also buy the first series directly from Abrose Video (ambrosevideo.com), but they are all worth owning."
Why no description of this item??
Mark L. Mckenzie | San Francisco, CA USA | 04/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can only assume this is James Burke's great series?? Shouldn't Amazon review what this product is exactly?? If its Burke's fine series then its a 5.. I'd love to buy this if someone told me exactly what was included, Wake up Amazon!!!"
An Outstanding Description of Human Discovery!
Harold Bolton | Mobile, AL USA | 08/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"James Burke is the "Master of History!" His wit and wisdom describe mankind's inventions and discoveries in such a way as to keep even the history hater glued to the set!
I never knew there were so many connections between people, events, discoveries, and inventions until I saw this. Everyone can learn from the "MASTER!""