Connections (1997)

Genres - Science & Technology, History  |   Sub-Genres - Inventions & Innovations, Social History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , United States   |  
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Host James Burke continues to explore those events and inventions that seem completely unrelated, but prove to be connected in ways that will surprise and amuse the viewer. In Connections 3: Drop the Apple, he combines this blend of art, history, and science in a discussion of James Smithson, the man for whom the Smithsonian Institution is named. Smithson discovered calamine lotion, known to millions as a soothing treatment for poison ivy and sunburn, which has an unusual attribute. Burke explaines how this feature led to Einstein's theory of relativity, which was a critical factor in the making of the atom bomb.

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technology, social-change, connection, interdependence, invention