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    • The impact of settlers on northern America 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      In answer to David Dugan, Joel Mokyr in the American mid-west reflects on the impact of settlers and their animals, and the new kind of farming they brought, on the native Americans. The effects of diseases etc.
    • Importance of glass and brass 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-17)
      The importance of scientific instruments in the scientific revolution, especially brass and glass. Precise lenses and lens grinding, glass vessels for chemical experiments, the advances in astronomy, microscopy and many ...
    • The importance of glass instruments in science in the seventeenth century 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-17)
      In Faraday’s laboratory in the Royal Institution, Simon Schaffer explains the importance of glass receivers which gave you a space you could see and manipulate and test atmospherics and other things.
    • The importance of guns and germs in history 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      In answer to David Dugan, Joel Mokyr in the American mid-west reflects on the importance of guns and germs in altering the balance in the new world. Unintentional bacterial warfare.
    • The Iron Horse - the first programme of 'The Day the World Took Off' 

      Dugan, David; Macfarlane, Alan (2004-08-23)
      This traces the journey of the 'Rocket' steam engine from Liverpool to Manchester. On the way it gives clues to some of the puzzles and theories to be explored in this six-part history of the world. Why did science ...
    • The Jared Dimond thesis about the role of animals 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      In answer to David Dugan, Joel Mokyr in the American mid-west reflects on the theory that the ability to domesticate only certain animals may have led to the huge divergence in civilizations. The zebra and horse thesis, ...
    • The link between animals and writing 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      In answer to David Dugan, Joel Mokyr reflects on the link between animals and writing, the effects of writing and other technologies on early civilizations such as the Romans.
    • The links between science and industrialization 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-17)
      Simon Schaffer explains the links between science and industrialization. He explains the history of the Royal Institution where he is standing and the research into agriculture and chemistry which was so important.
    • Liverpool, Manchester and the hubs of world trade 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      In two sequences, Simon Schaffer sketches the background to the linking of Liverpool and Manchester, with their world networks, through the railways. The combination of textiles and slavery produced huge wealth and incentives ...
    • Machine tools for making clocks 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-17)
      The importance of the machine tools needed to make the fine balance springs and other parts of the exquisite clocks from the later seventeenth century. Great precision and low tolerance of error were required. Simon Schaffer ...
    • The most significant developments over the last ten thousand yeaars 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      In answer to David Dugan, Joel Mokyr summarizes some of the most significant development over the last ten thousand years, including the philosophical developments in the west which made nature into a tool for humans, the ...
    • The nature and effects of power-loom weaving of cotton 

      Dugan, David; Macfarlane, Alan (2004-08-23)
      In a conversation between George Wrigley and Simon Schaffer, the work in a power loom cotton mill is discussed and the effects of the introduction of factory production of cotton is analysed. This is shown against a ...
    • The nature and importance of early glass air pumps 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-17)
      Simon Schaffer stands with an early ninteenth century air pump in Faraday’s laboratory in the Royal Institution. He explains what it does and why it was so crucial in science, an indispensable tool from Boyle’s time in ...
    • Origins of mechanical clocks 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-17)
      The origins of mechanical clocks explained by Simon Schaffer in St Alban’s Abbey. Are clocks and bells connected, so that clocks developed out of the Benedictine order?
    • Precision clock making and the personalization of time 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-17)
      Clock making as a mechanical enterprise. The desire for precision, the domesticating of time keeping, portable and standardized time, central time systems needed. Networks of mechanical time. Simon Schaffer explains.
    • The revolutionary impact of the steam engine 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      Sitting with a model of Stephenson’s Rocket, Simon Schaffer reflects on the steam revolution and how it changed the world in the nineteenth century in so many different ways.
    • The role of slavery in the industrial revolution 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      Simon Schaffer explains the Atlantic system, which involved cotton, sugar and slaves. The motive for linking Liverpool (the great slave city) with Manchester (the great cotton city) with a railway, arose out of slavery. ...
    • Scenes in a factory full of large machines 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-18)
      Reconstructed scenes of workers clocking in to a factory and huge machines at work work.
    • Seminar at King's College - first 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-17)
      A discussion in relation to the television series 'The Day the World took Off' at King's College
    • Seminar at King's College, Cambridge - number 6 

      Dugan, David (2004-08-17)
      Seminar of five academics at King's college, Cambridge in July 1998 in connection with the television series, 'The Day the World Took Off'.