For the first time anywhere, some of the world’s leading theorists are allowed to openly debate the technological future of the human race, a future that may involve paradise or war, immortality or extinction. Building Gods stands as a testament for future generations to understand what the world’s greatest thinkers believed at the beginning of this new century. Their worst fears and greatest hopes may soon become a reality.
Beneath the surface of the world, are the rules of science. But beneath them, there is a far deeper set of rules, a matrix of pure mathematics which explains the nature of the rules of science and how it is way we can understand them in the first place. In this documentary, David Malone looks at four brilliant mathematicians Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Godel and Alan Turing whose genius has profoundly affected us, but which tragically drove them insane and eventually led to them all committing suicide.
What is the force at the heart of life? What is the engine that drives it forward? That links all living things from the smallest to the largest, that links families through generations, looks, personality, health, and in sickness? The secret was DNA, a microscopic strand of only four chemicals but capable of such infinite variety that it carries the blueprint and directs the growth of every living thing on earth. The genetic revolution was about to begin.
Dr. Stanley Pons and Dr. Martin Fleishman made an announcement that rocked the world of science. Their tabletop experiments with heavy water, a renewable resource readily available in ocean water, yielded enormous amounts of heat energy. Appropriately named, Cold Fusion, this breakthrough challenged many basic scientific concepts. Was the discovery of Fire From Water too good to be true? Or was it the discovery of the millennium?
Reality, today's physicists tell us, is created by the vibrations of exquisitely tiny superstrings in ten spatial dimensions. Ten dimensions? Most of us have barely gotten used to the idea that there are four.
Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, spotted the superdense planet using the HATNet global network of automated telescopes, which scans a large fraction of the Northern Hemisphere sky every night to search for planets.