Browsing 0 - 10 results of 17 programs for category - History of Science


Transit of Venus:  A Short History of the Keeling Curve (Clip)
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Dr. John Barnes, Station Manager of NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory, shares the history of Charles Keeling's pioneering carbon dioxide measurements, which have been taken continually at Mauna Loa since 1958.

Project: The Rarest Eclipse: Transit of Venus | Browse All

Date: June 1, 2012
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: noaa, mauna loa, observatory, charles keeling, carbon tracking, keeling curve, exploratorium, transit of venus, climate change


Evidence:  Ancient Astronomy, Modern Knowledge (Podcast)
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00:15:28
An interview with Isabel Hawkins, Co-director/Research Astronomer, UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory; Co-director, NASA Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum.

When astronomer Isabel Hawkins began exploring the astronomical work of Native Americans, their knowledge broadened her view of the night sky. She's since discovered several scientists incorporating the work of native people, both modern and ancient, into their current-day research. Isabel describes how she sees science as a cultural construct, the value of learning from personal experience, and that evidence comes in many forms.

Project: Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know? | Browse All

Date: August 20, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: native american, astronomy


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Pi Day:  Celebrating the Anniversary of Pi Day at the Exploratorium (Clip)
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3/14 at 1:59 pm It's also Einstein's Birthday From San Francisco to New York, in museums, universities, classrooms and in the privacy of one’s own home - and of course on Second Life - people are celebrating Pi. In 2008, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pi Day, an international holiday born at San Francisco’s Exploratorium.

Project: Pi Day | Browse All

Date: February 20, 2008
Format: Event
Category: History of Science
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Keywords: pi day

Links: Press Release: 20th Anniversary of PI Day March 14, 2008

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Doctor Atomic:  Science, Music, & Morals Part I (Podcast)
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A discussion about the artistic, scientific, and moral interpretations of J. Robert Oppenheimer and his legacy as the father of the atomic bomb. Composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars of the Doctor Atomic opera are joined by Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Kip Cranna, musical administrator at the San Francisco Opera, moderates.

Project: Doctor Atomic | Browse All

Date: September 13, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): Art, History, Physics

Keywords: j. robert oppenheimer, atomic bomb, manhattan project, san francisco opera, nagasaki, los alamos, opera commentary, nuclear reaction, plutonium, implosion, nuclear fission, leslie groves, edward teller, composing, cold war


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Doctor Atomic:  Science, Music, & Morals Part II (Podcast)
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A discussion about the artistic, scientific, and moral interpretations of J. Robert Oppenheimer and his legacy as the father of the atomic bomb. Composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars of the Doctor Atomic opera are joined by Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Kip Cranna, musical administrator at the San Francisco Opera, moderates.

Project: Doctor Atomic | Browse All

Date: September 13, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): Art, History, Physics

Keywords: j. robert oppenheimer, atomic bomb, manhattan project, san francisco opera, nagasaki, los alomos, opera commentary, nuclear reaction, plutonium, implosion, nuclear fission, leslie groves, edward teller, composing, cold war


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The Nobel Prize: 100 Years of Creativity:  Behind the Scenes: Awarding the Nobel Prize (Webcast)
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Professor Anders Barany, Deputy Director of the Nobel Museum and former secretary of the physics commitee that awards the Nobel Prize, speaks about what makes the Nobel Prize one of the world's most prestigious honors. He gives an insider's tour of Alfred Nobel's will and how laureates are chosen and celebrated.

Project: The Nobel Prize: 100 Years of Creativity | Browse All

Date: June 14, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): History, General Science

Keywords: alfred nobel, nobel museum, nobel laureate consideration, noable laureate selection, nobel prize


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Chichén Itzá:  Live from Chichén Itzá: The Descent of the Serpent (Webcast)
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Celebrate the spring equinox at the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, in the state of Yucatan, Mexico. The alignment of the sun on this day creates the appearance of a shadow, in the form of a serpent, that descends the main staircase of the great pyramid. The Live@Exploratorium crew is there to capture the snake on film and to speak with local archaeologists, archeoastronomers, and solar scientists about this amazing phenomenon.

Project: Ancient Observatories: Chichén Itzá | Browse All

Date: March 21, 2005
Format: Expedition
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science

Keywords: spring equinox, maya, ancient observatories, alignments, sun, sun-earth day, nasa, solstice, pepe huchim, isabelle hawkins, chichen itza, yucatan, pyramids, el castillo


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Chaco Canyon:  Ancient Observatories: Chaco Canyon (Webcast)
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Join the Live@ crew and NASA scientists as we delve into the ancient knowledge of the Chacoans, daily sky watchers who amassed a great knowledge about the movements of the sun. And learn why today's astronomers and solar physicists continue to watch the sun, using modern ground-based observatories and orbiting space telescopes.

Project: Ancient Observatories: Chaco Canyon | Browse All

Date: December 21, 2004
Format: Expedition
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): Physics, History

Keywords: winter solstice, chaco canyon, ancient observatories, sun, equinox, native americans, eagle dance, alignments, sun dagger, ancient stories, architecture, fajada butte, pueblo bonito

Links: National Park Service Chaco Canyon Website

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Exploratorium History:  Palace of Delights (Clip)
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00:57:36
Originally produced for NOVA in 1982, Jon Else's film takes a look behind the scenes at the Exploratorium. The film follows the development of three exhibits from prototype to museum floor. Palace of Delights won a Cine Golden Eagle Award and was shown at the International Film and Television Festival of New York.

Project: History of the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: November 14, 2004
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): History, Physics, Art

Keywords: frank oppenheimer, jon else, exploratorium


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Exploratorium History:  Dr. Frank Oppenheimer: Random Quotes (Clip)
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A collection of random quotes by Exploratorium founder, Dr.Frank Oppenheimer.

Project: History of the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: November 14, 2004
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): History, Physics

Keywords: frank oppenheimer, exploratorium


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