Synopsis by Alice Day
In this episode of his very successful science series, author and educator James Burke takes a look at seemingly random subjects, and once again, neatly ties them together. Students of all ages find that his programs provide both historical and scientific information, delivered with authority and humor. Connections 2: Hot Pickle is no exception, as Burke examines how spices, tea, and opium could lead to the switch that fires bombs, known as a "hot pickle." Along the way, he also explores the ships Monitor and Merrimack, zoos, cotton, glass dresses, air conditioning, and lasers.
technology, social-change, connection, interdependence, invention