Alexandria : PBS Home Video : Thirteen WNET, c1997.
3 videocassettes (350 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Presents the latest advances in cosmological thought, including the mathematics of astronomy, the Big Bang theory of creation, the nature of matter, the discovery and implications of dark matter, quasars and black holes, and the question of how the Big Bang began.

Seeing is believing: This program explores mathematics and how it revolutionized our view of the universe. Recollect Ptolemy's theory of the motion of the planets, moon and sun; Newton's picture of the universe governed by gravity; Einstein's revolutionized theory of physics; and Hubble's invention of the telescope that saw the expansion of the universe.

The big bang: When and how did the universe begin? Scientists have developed two theories: the Big Bang and the Steady State theories. This program explores the search for evidence to support the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe. It highlights the contributions and theories of Albert Einstein, Georges Lemaitre, Fred Hoyle, Arno Penzias, and Robert Wilson.

Cosmic alchemy: This episode features the basics: "fire", "water," "air, " and "gas, " in addition to more complex findings of elements and matter from the creation of the Periodic Table to Einstein's famous theory of relativity.

On the dark side: When we gaze up at the night time sky we see shining stars in the blackness of space. But is the space empty? In the 1950's an American scientist discovered that the stars in rotating spirical galaxies seem to be held together by an unseen force.

Black holes and beyond: Discusses Hawking's specialty, black holes. With the invention of radio astronomy over 50 years ago many astronomical discoveries came to light including ultraluminous quasars, wormholes, black holes and singularities. It was discovered that quasars, bizarre objects billions of light years away with a power output greater than all of the stars in our galaxy put together, shine brightly as matter is sucked into a black hole and heats up due to friction. Such discoveries seem to allow for travel over millions of miles of space or even time travel and have even led to SETI--the search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence--looking for stray alien communications.

An answer to evrything: We now know the universe had a beginning and how all the matter formed but there is still one outstanding question: how did the Big Bang begin? Stephen Hawking is joined by other leading scientists as they try to answer this question. Includes discussions of inflation theory, quantum mechanics and string theory.

Stephen Hawking's universe [videorecording] / Thirteen WNET, Uden Associates, David Filkin Enterprises co-production in association with BBC-TV ; series producer, David Filkin ; series director, Philip Martin.
Hawking, S. W.
Filkin, David.
Martin, Philip,
Langella, Frank.
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
Uden Associates.
David Filkin Enterprises.
British Broadcasting Corporation.
PBS Home Video.
Alexandria : PBS Home Video : Thirteen WNET, c1997.
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Hawking, S. W. (Stephen W.)
Astronomy -- History.
Black holes (Astronomy)
3 videocassettes (350 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
0793698278 (v. 1)
0793698286 (v. 2)
0793698294 (v. 3)