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Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Connections 2 for showing us
that life is a giant 3-dimensional globe made up of millions
of threads that cross and recross each other.

Connections 2
Presented by James Burke

Connections 2 (1994) - 460 minutes
Connections 2 at Amazon.com

The favorite of students and educators everywhere, James Burke the "scientific detective" is back tracking the fascinating links between technological invention, social history, economics, and, well, everything. "Life is a giant 3-dimensional globe made up of millions of threads that cross and recross each other," says Burke as he traces the lines that lead from a French loom to IBM, from a kink in a water pipe to a carburetor.

  • Disk 1
    • Revolutions
      Discover how the steam engine led to safety matches, imitation diamonds and the moon in a wild ride.
    • Sentimental Journeys
      What has Freud got to do with maps? Or prison reform with blue dye? Or the inside of a star with the Himalayas? India reveals the answers.
    • Getting It Together
      Start by examining a SWAT team, which leads to hot air ballooning, the root of many inventions.
    • Whodunit?
      Who stole a set of billiard balls in 1902 and why was he the most famous crook in history? The clues: maps from 1775, Charles Darwin's cousin and the FBI.
  • Disk 2
    • Something For Nothing
      Something impossible happened 400 years ago. And we wound up in outer space, thanks (en route) to pigeon lovers, the Pope, and electric Italian frogs.
    • Echoes Of The Past
      On his way to finding the secret of the universe, Burke takes us to the Buddhist tea ceremony, ties it to international spies and Lincoln's assassination.
    • Photo Finish
      The Le Mans 24-hour race is the backdrop for linking photography and bullets, relativity and blimps.
    • Separate Ways
      Two trails split over slavery in the 18th century. One leads to the Wild West and Brooklyn Bridge, the other coining money and TV. Both end with a threat to peace.
  • Disk 3
    • High Times
      Unwrap a sandwich and you're on a path to World War II radar and Neo-Impressionist painters.
    • Deja Vu
      History repeats itself, when you know how to look. Pizzaro beats the Incas, the first stock market opens. The Queen of England salutes a Mexican beetle and Hitler's plans misfire.
    • New Harmony
      Microscopic bugs inspired the novel "Frankenstein" which aided the birth of Socialism.
    • Hot Pickle
      The connections between a cup of tea, opium dens, the London Zoo and a switch that releases bombs.
  • Disk 4
    • The Big Spin
      The greatest medical accident in history starts a trail that leads to Helen of Troy, 17th Century flower-power, the invention of soda pop and earthquake detection.
    • Bright Ideas
      A Baltimore man invented the bottle, which led to razors, clock springs, and the Hubble telescope.
    • Making Waves
      Hairdressers, Gold Rush miners, Irish potato farmers and English parliamentarians are really tied together.
    • Routes
      A sick lawyer in 18th Century France changes farming and triggers the French Revolution and new medical research.
  • Disk 5
    • One Word
      One medieval word kicks off the investigation into different cultures with the same stories that ends in cultural anthropology.
    • Sign Here
      Dutch piracy starts international law and French probability math, phonetics, and Victorian seances.
    • Better Than The Real Thing
      How the zipper start with technology Jefferson picked up in Paris during a row about Creation.
    • Flexible Response
      Robin Hood starts us on a trail from medieval showbiz to land drainage, to the invention of decimals that end up in U.S. currency, thanks to the guy who started the Erie Canal.

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Connections 2
Presented by James Burke

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Connections 2 for showing us
that life is a giant 3-dimensional globe made up of millions
of threads that cross and recross each other.