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100 Greatest Discoveries

Premier :: 2004-12-08

on Discovery

Genre :: Documentary

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Where would we be today if it weren't for the scientists of the past? From the miniature world of genetics to the vast expanse of space, review the greatest discoveries of all time across eight different scientific categories in this multi-part series. Join host Bill Nye as he recounts the 100 most important discoveries and explains how each one has had a hand in shaping the modern world. Watch his lively and dramatic accounts and learn how the great discoveries were made, how they impacted the development of scientific knowledge and how they touch our lives today.

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 9 - Top Ten
Aired - 09 February 2005

Episode summary:

Ten revelations widely considered to be the most influential in science: -Isaac Newton's laws of motion -Robert Hooke's discovery of cells, coupled with Anton van Leeuwenhoek's discovery of protozoa -Alexander Fleming's detection and isolation of penicillin -Ignaz Semmelweiss's germ theory -Gregor Mendel's laws of heredity -Nicolaus Copernicus's conception of a heliocentric solar system -Dmitri Mendeleev's Periodic Table -Einstein's equation E=mc2, followed by his General Theory of Relativity -Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 9 Top Ten Aired - 09 February 2005
+ Episode - 8 Genetics Aired - 02 February 2005
+ Episode - 7 Biology Aired - 26 January 2005
+ Episode - 6 Chemistry Aired - 19 January 2005
+ Episode - 4 Astronomy Aired - 12 January 2005
+ Episode - 3 Medicine Aired - 05 January 2005
+ Episode - 2 Earth Sciences Aired - 29 December 2004
+ Episode - 1 Physics Aired - 22 December 2004

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