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NOVA; Trillion Dollar Bet


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Trillion Dollar Bet
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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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What if you could exactly predict the ups and downs of the stock market in advance, so you could bet without risk on the hottest stocks? It's every investor's secret fantasy, and an impossible dream. Or is it? In this program, NOVA tells the astonishing story of a mathematical formula with the power to turn the world and its financial markets upside-down. Its ardent followers believed the formula would bring them untold riches and power. To the two young mathematicians who invented it, it brought the 1997 Nobel Prize for economics. But this glittering tale would end in tragedy. NOVA follows the riches-to-rags story of two brilliant minds who sought to bring reason and science into the world of investment, and how their efforts collapsed in an irrational panic that swept the world's markets.



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