Item Details

The Big Bang [electronic resource]

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Many scientists of the early 20th century, including Albert Einstein, found the idea of an expanding universe with an abrupt origin unpalatable - viewing the universe as static and eternal. This program explores the history of our controversial and explosive beginnings. It seems all scientists agreed that the controversy could only be settled by direct and precise measurements. But the question remained: what measurements? For almost 40 years a debate raged until Robert Dicke proposed that the big bang would have produced a flash of light still present everywhere as a glow of radio waves. Then, in 1965 Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson unmistakably found that glow, now called the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR) ending the debate and establishing that our universe had a fiery beginning nearly 15 billion years ago.
Release Date
1997
Run Time
55 min.
Language
English
Rating
7 and up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 01, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Related Title
Into the universe with Stephen Hawking (Television program)
Series
Stephen Hawking's Universe
Contents
  • Sponsors: The Big Bang (0:56)
  • Cosmology vs. Religion (3:13)
  • Georges Lema?tre: Big Bang Theory (4:12)
  • Albert Einstein: Static Universe (1:50)
  • Edwin Hubble: A Larger Universe (2:35)
  • Expanding Universe (3:18)
  • Origins of Modern Cosmology (0:31)
  • Conflicting Theories (4:01)
  • Earth Elements (2:09)
  • Most Violent Event in the Universe (3:06)
  • Evidence of Big Bang? (1:41)
  • Radiation from the Big Bang (2:54)
  • Capturing Microwaves (4:25)
  • Background Radiation Discovery (2:32)
  • Stephen Hawking at Cambridge (2:32)
  • Stephen Hawking: Singularity Theorem (2:59)
  • Stephen Hawking and the Big Bang Theory (1:34)
  • Temperature Changes in the Universe (3:14)
  • Map of the Universe (1:45)
  • Big Bang's Final Confirmation (1:52)
  • Witness to the Dawn of Time (1:49)
  • Credits and Sponsors: The Big Bang (1:45)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c1997.
Publisher no.
  • 44355s Films Media Group
  • 44357 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (55 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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