Connections (1994)

Genres - Science & Technology, History  |   Sub-Genres - Inventions & Innovations, Social History  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , United States   |  
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The role played by historic influences on technological advances is explored in the Connections 2 series as creator, writer, producer, and host James Burke embarks on journeys throughout the world and back in time. In Connections 2: Whodunit?, he looks at the factors leading up to the breakthrough use of fingerprints in criminal detection. Charles Darwin, Francis Galton, and James Hadley; the finding of shells on mountain summits; a low supply of wood; the Spanish Armada, billiard balls, mirrors, and sextants all figured in the technology.

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technology, social-change, connection, interdependence, invention