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Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists

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Examines the study of motion through the path of modern discovery of relativity, quantum phenomena and the consequences of these discoveries for our understanding of space, time and the universe in a series of 24 lectures each approximately 30 minutes.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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The Character of Physical Law

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VHS
1990; 1964
Ivy (By Request)
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The Determination of the Velocity of Light

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Demostrates an experiment for determining the velocity of light by focusing a deflected laser beam back and forth, from a rotating mirror, to a fixed mirror.
VHS
1987
Ivy (By Request)
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Millikan's Oil-Drop Experiment

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Demonstrates Millikan's oil-drop experiment, one of the best known methods for the measurement of the charge on the electron.
VHS
1987
Ivy (By Request)
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Electron Diffraction

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This program studies the wave behavior of the electron.
VHS
1987
Ivy (By Request)
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The Physics of Amusement Park Rides

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Explains the principles of physics used in the design of amusement park rides.
VHS
1998; 1986
Ivy (By Request)
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Exploring the Cosmos

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This program features physicist Freeman Dyson. Joining him are astrophysicists Sara Seagar and John Bahcall and Feryal Ozel.
VHSOnline
2003
Ivy (By Request)
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Einstein's Dream

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"This program focuses on efforts to complete Einstein's quest for a grand unifying theory that will explain all of the forces of nature in the same terms."--Container. Includes discussion of different theories (such as string theory and M theory) by Nathan Sieberg, Edward Witten, Juan Maldacena and Freeman Dyson.
VHSOnline
2003
Ivy (By Request)
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The Gravity-Packed World of Physics: Part 1

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A humorous, college level review of physics.
DVD
1999
Clemons (Stacks)
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Physics of Recycling [electronic resource]

Our consumer lifestyles produce a growing mountain of waste, but finding cost effective ways to recycle it all is a challenge. This video clip investigates new technology being used to salvage treasure from trash.
Online
2008
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Gravity Probe [electronic resource]

On April 20, 2004, a small spacecraft set out on a giant quest to answer one of the fundamental questions of our universe. This video clip takes a closer look at the extraordinary Gravity Probe B mission. Beset by funding cancellations, fire and failure, it's the longest single experiment ever conducted by NASA.
Online
2009
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Future of Fusion [electronic resource]

Nuclear fusion, where energy is obtained by joining atoms together rather than splitting them as they are in the more conventional fission reactor, promises to provide unlimited clean energy for the future. This video clip features contemporary scientists in Europe discussing the most recent nuclear fusion research.
Online
2010
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Lee Smolin - How Science Is Like Democracy

Physicist Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist, working mainly in the field of quantum gravity, though he's made contributions to cosmology, quantum mechanics, elementary particle physics, and theoretical biology as well. Author of the book The Trouble with Physics, a work that questions the very basis of the prevailing string theory, Smolin is a founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada. His work examines the scientific process itself and its place in the world and he wrestles with philosophical implications of what contemporary physics has shown us to be true. In this TEDTalk, Smolin compares the scientific community to a democracy and discusses how the next generation of scientists will decide what is right.
Online
2008
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Breaking the Wall of the Hidden Universe [electronic resource]: How Particle Physics Can Explain the Nature of Matter

Particle physics doesn't just expand our horizons; it helps explain the universe by examining the nature of matter, both seen and unseen. In this video lecture from the 2009 Falling Walls Conference, hear from Rolf-Dieter Heuer, who works with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He discusses their quest to provide experimental evidence either confirming or refuting the existence of the Higgs boson, an elementary particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics, and to break the wall of the hidden universe, the 96 percent of it that takes the form of dark matter and energy. In Heuer's career as a physicist, he has worked on the construction and operation of several large particle detector systems, among them JADE at the German Electron Synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany.
Online
2009
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Inside the Light [electronic resource]: The Mystery of Light in Quantum Physics

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Serge Haroche and another physicist "for groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems." Inside the Light focuses on the spectacular achievements in quantum physics of Dr. Haroche as well as the University of Sussex's Wolfgang Lange and others as it introduces viewers to the interaction of light and matter at the smallest possible scale. A lyrical portrait of the quantum world that addresses the creation and destruction of photons, quantum jumps, entanglement, quantum information processing, and more in a way that will appeal both to novices and the knowledgeable.
Online
2012
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Breaking the Wall of Seeing Atoms and Molecules [electronic resource]: How Atomic Microscopy and Spectroscopy May Help Our Understanding of Materials

Transcending the boundaries between chemists and physicists, multidisciplinary academic Daniël Vanmaekelbergh has developed a new way of understanding atoms and molecules. This 2010 Falling Walls lecture video highlights Vanmaekelbergh's mission to discern completely new classes of materials based on interacting colloidal building blocks that are crucial to the functionality of solar cells, lasers, and LEDs. Vanmaekelbergh's work, which has been supported by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, embarks on pioneering research in nanoscience that relates the atomic landscape to the local electronic spectrum. Vanmaekelbergh, with approximately 165 peer-reviewed publications, is committed to groundbreaking work; but this innovative scientist is just as committed to incorpor [...]
Online
2010
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Breaking the Wall of Quantum Cinema [electronic resource]: How High-Speed X-Ray Lasers Will Allow Us to Make Life Reports From Molecules at Work and From Chemical Reactions

Taking X-rays beyond the limitations of the mid-1980s, Helmut Dosch has developed an "optical trick" that offers insight into the molecular structure of surfaces and interfaces. Dosch gained prominence through his research on synchrotron radiation contributing to the use of X-ray scattering as a method in surface science, order-disorder phenomena in condensed matter, fluctuations in matter, and nano-oxidation. In this 2010 video of a Falling Walls Conference lecture, Dosch discusses work that promises to make a landmark contribution to the scientific panorama by rendering the premelting of ice well below zero degrees centigrade. Currently the chairman of the DESY board of directors and an advisor to several renowned institutions including the Minerva-Weizmann Committee and the editor [...]
Online
2010
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Debate - Does the World Need Nuclear Energy?

Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think - and might even change your mind.
Online
2010
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In Orbit [electronic resource]: How Satellites Rule Our World

Satellites play a bigger part in modern life than most people ever consider. These masterpieces of technology are the single greatest product of the space program and have transformed our world. Not only do they provide everyday services - satellite TV, GPS, timekeeping, weather tracking - they've revealed lost cities, protected endangered species, taken lives in war and saved them in natural disasters. In this program, space scientist Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock explains all of this as she traces the history of satellites from their origins through to today's hugely complex spacecraft.
Online
2012
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Why a Boomerang Comes Back, and Much More [electronic resource]

In this program, Greg Foot submits to being buried alive to see if he can escape, discovers what he needs to become the fastest man on the planet, and works out why a boomerang comes back. He also learns what makes a bullet-proof vest bullet proof, and investigates whether water drains down the sink the other way in Australia.
Online
2012