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    • The start of settled agriculture and writing 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      In answer to David Dugan, Joel Mokyr describes the start of settled agriculture and writing, the minimum density required for such agriculture and the history of writing.
    • The steam engine and industrialization 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-17)
      Simon Schaffer in York Rail Museum talks to the camera about the relationship between the steam engine and industrialization and whatsteam meant; a regular supply of moving power for workshops and factories.
    • The steam engine and what it needs 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      Simon Schaffer explains that to produce an effective steam engine you do not just need specific inventions, such as the separate condenser of James Watt, but also skills from clockworking, distillation, metal working and ...
    • The symbolism of clocks 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-17)
      Clocks are important for what they symbolize, namely that underneath the chaos of life there are regularities and humans can match these with machines. Simon Schaffer explains.
    • War and Peace - the fifth programme of 'The Day the World Took Off' 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-23)
      Covering one thousand years, again looking at the comparison between East Asia and Western Europe, the film concentrates on the two great technologies of this thousand year period, agriculture and war. The effects of ...
    • Warfare in the east and the west over the last thousand years 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      Standing in front of an old castle, Simon Schaffer explains in ten short sequences some of the major causes and consequences for the differences between the development of military technologies in eastern Asia and western ...
    • What is needed for the steam revolution 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      In four sequences, standing beside a huge steam wheel, Simon Schaffer discusses some of the things that are needed for the development of the steam revolution. These include reliable cylinders (from gun manufacture), good ...
    • What made Stephenson's Rocket steam engine special 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-17)
      In conversation with Michael, a curator at the Rail Museum at York, Simon Schaffer discusses what made Stephenson’s Rocket special.
    • Wheeling and Dealing - second programme of 'The Day the World Took Off' 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-23)
      Covering 250 years, this looks at the classical industrial revolution. What were the features of the revolution? How did England, France and Germany compare in this development? What were some of the special factors ...
    • Why did advanced material civilizations not first develop in Africa? 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      In answer to David Dugan, Joel Mokyr tries to answer the puzzle of why it was not in Africa, the home of humans, that the first advanced technologies emerged. Among the factors considered are tropical soils, disease and ...
    • Why did the Europeans conquer the New World and not the other way around? 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      In answer to David Dugan, Joel Mokyr reflects on the dominance of Europeans and why it was they, rather than peoples in other continents, who expanded outwards. The particular case of the Chinese and the halt to their early ...