Synopsis by Alice Day
Through sheer accident, one of the most important drugs in the history of medicine was discovered by Alexander Flemming. From this starting point, host James Burke branches off in many directions, including the ancient city of Troy in Connections 2: The Big Spin. Burke contends in this series that technological advances are profoundly influenced by past events, and imparts his science education with a large dose of historical detail. In this program, he examines the origins of carbonated beverages, buried treasure, mortality statistics, fossil hunters, and earthquake science.
technology, social-change, connection, interdependence, invention