Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World

Take a mind-blowing journey through human history, told through six iconic objects that modern people take for granted, and see how science, invention and technology built on one another to change everything.

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Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World By Episode

  • The Telescope (#101)

    Meet the brilliant minds throughout history, from Galileo to Edwin Hubble, responsible for creating the telescope.

  • The Airplane (#102)

    Take to the sky with the dreamers whose work gave humans the ability to fly.

  • The Robot (#103)

    Learn how robots were first conceptualized in ancient Rome and see how their use has evolved over the centuries, from the calculator to the Roomba.

  • The Car (#104)

    Go for a ride through the 9,000-year history of the car, from its roots in dogsleds to Henry Ford's affordable and assembly line-built Model T, and meet the scientists working on the next generation of self-driving automobiles.

  • The Rocket (#105)

    Learn the explosive history of the rocket, from its origin in ancient China, to its use as a weapon of war, to how adding hydrogen allowed it to carry astronauts all the way to the moon.

  • The Smartphone (#106)

    Dial in to the fascinating history of the smartphone, from its roots in Morse Code to 2007, when Apple unveiled the first-ever iPhone.

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