Item Details

Time and Distance [electronic resource]

Open University
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Big Ben was an engineering marvel when it was built, accurate to within one second per hour. By the 19th century, advances in technology had established a reliable unit of distance as well, basing the length of the meter on a portion of the Earth's circumference rather than on the arm of whichever monarch was in power. In this program, Marcus du Sautoy reviews the history and current status of the meter and the second and explains how their standardization was a boon to both science and the economy. Beginning with cave paintings and ending with the atomic clock, du Sautoy also reveals the role that Henry Ford played in synchronizing the counting of time.
Release Date
2011
Run Time
59 min.
Language
English
Rating
7 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 31, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Series
Precision: The Measure of All Things
Precision (New York, N.Y.)
Contents
  • Obsessed With Measurement (2:20)
  • Time and Distance (1:21)
  • Lascaux Caves (1:52)
  • Giant Calendar (2:32)
  • Sundial (1:41)
  • Water Clock (1:20)
  • Simple Arithmetic (1:32)
  • Cubit Rod (1:06)
  • Great Pyramid of Cheops (1:51)
  • Standardization (2:25)
  • From Chaos to Constants (2:38)
  • Academy of Sciences, Paris (2:36)
  • A Seven Year Journey (3:02)
  • Official Standard of Measurement (3:05)
  • Improving on the Sundial (3:11)
  • Clocks Control Lives (2:09)
  • Creating Universal Time (2:53)
  • Global Standardization (1:45)
  • Measurement Standards (3:16)
  • Quantum Age (2:23)
  • Changing the Meter's Destiny (2:33)
  • Science into Practice (2:48)
  • Redefining the Second (2:14)
  • Oscillations Define Time (2:13)
  • Redefining Length by the Second (1:17)
  • Continuing Quest (2:24)
  • Credits: Time and Distance: Precision - The Measure of All Things (0:42)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2011.
Publisher no.
  • 53467s Films Media Group
  • 53470 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (59 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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