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NOVA; Newton’s Dark Secrets


WGBH/NOVA Green Label Master 3217 “Newton’s Dark Secrets” Ch 1/2: Full mix Ch 3/4: MED 16x9 Anamorphic 56:46 9/26/05

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Newton’s Dark Secrets
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Often hailed as both the first modern scientist and the last of the ancient magicians, Newton reduced nature's chaos to a single set of mathematical laws. This bold intellectual leap gave scientists and thinkers of his era vital new confidence that they could probe and predict nature's secrets. But while Isaac Newton was busy discovering the universal law of gravitation, he was also searching out hidden meanings in the Bible and pursuing the covert art of alchemy. In this program, NOVA explores the strange and complex mind of Isaac Newton. Using docudrama scenes starring Scott Handy as Newton, this film recreates the unique climate of late 17th-century England, where a newfound fascination with science and mathematics coexisted with extreme views on religious doctrine. Newton shared both obsessions. The program also covers Newton's most important discoveries in mathematics, physics, and optics. And it follows a detailed recreation of one of Newton's little-known alchemical experiments, assembled by Bill Newman, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, who spent years deciphering Newton's secret coded recipes.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Newton’s Dark Secrets,” 09/26/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 20, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C3EC846D18B64750AE5832D1B25A915A.
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