Thursday, January 05, 2017
Watched episode 1, What is Out There?, of the series The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion by Michael Mosley. This first segment focused on early astronomy through to our current questions about dark matter. TVO is running the short 2010 documentary produced by the BBC. I learned of this on Carol's Facebook feed. I like the emphasis on the people and their quirks and idiosyncrasies. I also like how Mosley emphasises that achievements are slow, not sudden, built upon other ideas, progressively, and that it is our hindsight and simplification that creates this notation of science and technological progress being made up of only big breakthroughs. Reminds me of James Burke.