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Stephen Fry's Great Leap Years explores topics ranging from the rise of humankind as the inventor, to the astonishing combination of persistence, investment and inspiration it took to create the Gutenberg Press and the communication technologies that created our world. It tells the story of how our lives have been transformed by a fascinating and compelling mixture of human decision and vision, greed and need.

Stephen Fry's Great Leap Years explores topics ranging from the rise of humankind as the inventor, to the astonishing combination of persistence, investment and inspiration it took to create the Gutenberg Press and the communication technologies that created our world. It tells the story of how our lives have been transformed by a fascinating and compelling mixture of human decision and vision, greed and need.
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Stephen Fry's Great Leap Years explores topics ranging from the rise of humankind as the inventor, to the astonishing combination of persistence, investment and inspiration it took to create the Gutenberg Press and the communication technologies that created our world. It tells the story of how our lives have been transformed by a fascinating and compelling mixture of human decision and vision, greed and need.

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English


Episodes

6 - The Iotatron that Wasn't

5/14/2018
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Series 1 Finale! Across the ocean of discovery the swells are building with ever increasing mass and speed. The swells of robotics, AI, nano science, the internet of things, quantum computing, genomics, gene editing, bio-augmentation, bionics, autonomous weaponry and transport, brain machine interfacing – all these existentially transformative developments are gathering pace and momentum now and a remarkable future beckons. Researched, written & read by Stephen Fry. Music composed and...

Duration:01:05:12

5 - Let's Play Monopoly

5/7/2018
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The War of the Currents and a new type of person arises, an almost wholly American invention - the salesman. The foundations are set for the rise of one of the mightiest company's the world had ever seen - International Business Machines. Or as we all know it today Researched, written & read by Stephen Fry. Music composed and conducted by Guy Farley with The Chamber Orchestra of London

Duration:00:59:40

Raising the Vail and Catching the Tube

4/30/2018
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The sperm whale, Bell Labs, vacuum tubes and the dawning age of information at the speed of light.

Duration:00:55:22

3 - Bells, Nobels, More Bells and Prizes

4/23/2018
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Napoleon Bonaparte is on the phone. Beginning with the electric tale of Alessandro Volta and his creation of the battery via Napoleon and his establishment of the Volta Prize in his honour. Napoleon sowed the seeds that bloom in Silicon Valley today. In outlining the stories of Volta, Watt, Davey, Faraday, Maxwell, Morse, Cornell, Stanford, Bell, Marconi and the others a picture is emerging in this series. The Industrial Revolution and the discoveries of science, most particularly the...

Duration:00:54:16

2 - A Faustian Pact

4/16/2018
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A medieval tech start-up led by serial entrepreneur Johannes Gutenberg and his invention that unleashed a societal revolution. As Europe recovered from the scourge of the Black Death, a young man from a family that had made its name in metalwork, specifically in gold and silver smithing pondered a new invention, It would combine his knowledge of working hot and molten metals with other technologies that had yet fully to coalesce in his mind. He believed that if he got it all right it...

Duration:00:50:51

1 - When We Were Very Young

4/9/2018
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Far out in the ocean of discovery huge swells have been gathering and combining to create the great tsunami that will soon engulf us, We look back at how innovation in technology has, from the first, changed our ways of living, our sense of who we are and what we are to expect from life. Researched, written & read by Stephen Fry. Music composed and conducted by Guy Farley with The Chamber Orchestra of London.

Duration:00:41:47