Synopsis by Alice Day
Author James Burke is the affable host of the series Connections 3, a successful program exploring the connections between seemingly unrelated historical occurences that proved to culminate in ways that influence the modern world. Connections 3: Life Is No Picnic begins with an overview of the coffee consumed during WWII and 19th century theories of evolution. Burke ties these to the invention of nylon and the "Star Spangled Banner." In his usual upbeat style, he then discusses a new method of calculating astronomical dates, the death of Descartes, the Royal Society, and how jellyfish contributed to the fame of Charles Darwin.
technology, social-change, connection, interdependence, invention