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Connections is a television documentary series written and presented by science historian James Burke on 1978-12-19. The series educates viewers on the history of science and technology by showing how seemingly unrelated events are actually connected, even if the people didn't know it at the time. For example, an invention in the area of explosives directly affected the production of billiard balls, and, later, the film industry. Burke also wrote a companion book and read for an abridged audio book, and even a video game of the show was made. The series is interesting in the fact that it includes a lot of reenactments and provides working models for many of the technologies described. This particular style of science documentary was later seen with Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. After the success of the documentary James Burke worked on several follow ups, including The Day the Universe Changed, Connections 2, and Connections 3.


In my world history class in high school, the teacher showed the class various excerpts from this series as they related to the topics he was teaching. This led me to seek out the show after I graduated, and I watched it in its entirety. I really enjoyed the show. I've also listened the abridged audio book.


  1. The Trigger Effect
  2. Death in the Morning
  3. Distant Voices
  4. Faith in Numbers
  5. The Wheel of Fortune
  6. Thunder in the Skies
  7. The Long Chain
  8. Eat, Drink and Be Merry...
  9. Countdown
  10. Yesterday, Tomorrow and You


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