Reinventing The Wheel

Episodes

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0101The Potter1997102219971026

Comedian Ben Silburn begins a four-part journey back in time to discover how we got from the Stone Age to 20th-century technology.

0101The Potter20011231

Adam Hart-davis on how the wheel has moulded human history. 1: `The Potter's Wheel'. This wheel tells a story of towns, traders and the battle of the sexes over 5,000 years.

0102The Greeks May Have Been Techno-snobs1997102919971102

Comedian Ben Silburn continues his four-part investigation into the history of technology. 2: The Greeks may have been techno-snobs, but elsewhere in history, attitudes have been more welcoming.

0102The Water Wheel20020107

Adam Hart-davis on how the wheel has moulded human history. 2: `The Water Wheel'. He discovers why the size and shape of water wheels provides clues about society.

0103The Golden Age Of Invention1997110519971109

Comedian Ben Silburn continues his four-part investigation into the history of technology. 3: A look at the golden age of invention. Plus what it takes to make a million.

0103The Spinning Wheel20020114

Adam Hart-davis on how the wheel has moulded human history. 3: `The Spinning Wheel'. He sees how threads, fairy tales and the story of Indian independence are connected.

0104The Ferris Wheel20020121

Adam Hart-davis on how a simple piece of technology has moulded human history.

4: `The Ferris Wheel'.

Adam discovers why the idea of going sedately round in circles still appeals.

0104 LASTAre We Really Better Off Than Before?1997111219971116

Comedian Ben Silburn concludes his four-part investigation into the history of technology. The pace of change has never been faster - but are we really better off than before?

0105The Roulette Wheel20020128

Adam Hart-davis on how the wheel has moulded human history. 5: `The Roulette Wheel'. He explores the impact of ball and wheel on the laws of mathematics and the mores of society.