The roles of television and related audiovisual fields begin with efforts at moving pictures.
An invasion of Switzerland in 1476 leads to the tin can and to space exploration.
Colonial production of pitch for British naval vessels leads to modern plastics.
The 13th century seeks new ways to keep warm, leading to jet engines.
The invention of the clock is related to the efficiency of the production line.
Today's computer technology is traced to the medieval invention of the spinning wheel.
The invention of the stirrup and the demand for silver lead to radio, radar and telecommunications.
One of the origins of the atom bomb is the first gold assays.
Summary of essential moments in history illustrates the common factors in change.
Host James Burke traces man's dependence on technology, from the origins of plowing to the 1965 East Coast blackout.