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Absolute Zero

Premier :: 2007-07-24

Airs :: Thursday 12:00 PM on BBC Four

Genre :: Documentary

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This two-part scientific detective tale tells the story of a remarkable group of pioneers who wanted to reach the ultimate extreme: absolute zero, a place so cold that the physical world as we know it doesn't exist, electricity flows without resistance, fluids defy gravity and the speed of light can be reduced to 38 miles per hour. Each film features a strange cast of eccentric characters, including: Clarence Birds Eye; Frederic 'Ice King' Tudor, who founded an empire harvesting ice; and James Dewar, who almost drove himself crazy by trying to liquefy hydrogen. Absolute zero became the Holy Grail of temperature physicists and is considered the gateway to many new technologies, such as nano-construction, neurological networks and quantum computing. The possibilities, it seems, are limitless.

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Series 1 - Episode 2 - The Race for Absolute Zero
Aired - 25 July 2007

Episode summary:

Could the future become a strange quantum world as physicists get within a few millionths of a degree of this absolute zero?

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