Synopsis by Alice Day
James Burke contends that economic, political, and mechanical systems are subject to change, and these changes influence one another. In this episode of his successful science series, Connections: Faith in Numbers, he shows how, with the addition of chance and genius, amazing technology emerges. Such seemingly unrelated things as the fall of the Roman Empire, the jacquard loom, the water mill, paper, Cistercian monasteries, the Plague, and the international trade in silk all had a hand in the eventual invention of the printing press.
technology, social-change, connection, interdependence, printing