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Title Absolute zero : chasing the ultimate freezing point [(DVD) videorecording] / a production of Windfall Films and Meridian Productions for TPT/Twin Cities Public Television and WGBH/Nova in association with the BBC ; produced and directed by David Dugan ; co-produced by Meredith Burch ; written by Tom Schachtman.

Publication Info. [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, [2008]
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 Nichols Adult DVD Nonfiction  536.56 ABS    AVAILABLE
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Description 1 videodisc (approximately 109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (16:9) presentation; Dolby Digital, NTSC.
Language Closed-captioned; Described video for the visually impaired.
Note Title from container.
Based on the book "Absolute zero and the conquest of cold" by Tom Shachtman.
Originally broadcast on public television as part of the Nova television series in 2007.
Special features: Printable materials for educators; access to the Nova web site.
Funding This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation ESI-0307939
Audience Not rated.
Summary This two-part Nova special brings the history of cold to life with brilliant dramatic recreations of high moments in low-temperature research and the quest for ever-lower notches on the thermometer. "The conquest of cold" opens in the 1600s when the nature of cold and heat was a complete mystery. Were they different aspects of the same phenomenon? The experiments that settled those questions helped stoke the Industrial Revolution. "The race for absolute zero" dramatizes the rivalry between Scottish researcher James Dewar and Dutch physicist Heike Onnes, who plunged cold science to the forbidding realm at which oxygen and then hydrogen turn into liquids. The quest continues today as scientists pioneer super-fast computing near absolute zero-- the ultimate chill of -459.67° F, where atoms slow to a virtual standstill.
Contents The conquest of cold -- The race for absolute zero.
Subject Low temperature research -- Videodiscs.
Low temperatures -- Videodiscs.
Cold -- Videodiscs.
Genre Documentary films.
Television programs.
Added Author Dugan, David, producer, director.
Burch, Meredith, producer.
Shachtman, Tom, 1942- author.
Shachtman, Tom, 1942- Absolute zero and the conquest of cold.
Windfall Films (Firm)
Meridian Productions, Inc.
Twin Cities Public Television (Saint Paul, Minn.)
WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
British Broadcasting Corporation.
WGBH Video (Firm)
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Added Title Nova (Television program)
ISBN 9781593758196
Standard No. 783421424494
Music No. WG42449 WGBH Boston Video
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