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The Resource Absolute zero, produced and directed by David Dugan ; written by Tom Shachtman ; a production of Windfall Films and Meridian Productions for TPT/Twin Cities Public Television and WGBH/Nova in association with the BBC, (videorecording)

Absolute zero, produced and directed by David Dugan ; written by Tom Shachtman ; a production of Windfall Films and Meridian Productions for TPT/Twin Cities Public Television and WGBH/Nova in association with the BBC, (videorecording)

Label
Absolute zero
Title
Absolute zero
Statement of responsibility
produced and directed by David Dugan ; written by Tom Shachtman ; a production of Windfall Films and Meridian Productions for TPT/Twin Cities Public Television and WGBH/Nova in association with the BBC
Title variation
Absolute zero
Title variation remainder
chasing the ultimate freezing point
Contributor
Screenwriter
Director
Narrator
Producer
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Presents the history of low-temperature research and the quest for ever-lower notches on the thermometer. The conquest of cold opens with experiments in the 1600s that asked what heat and cold are and whether they are different aspects of the same phenomenon. Shows how 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. Shows how 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
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Member of
Cataloging source
TEFMT
Characteristic
videorecording
Dewey number
536/.56
Funding information
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation
Intended audience
Not rated
Language note
Closed-captioned. Optional audio-described soundtrack
LC call number
QC278
LC item number
.A27 2008
PerformerNote
Narrator, Neil Ross
Runtime
109
Technique
live action
Label
Absolute zero, produced and directed by David Dugan ; written by Tom Shachtman ; a production of Windfall Films and Meridian Productions for TPT/Twin Cities Public Television and WGBH/Nova in association with the BBC, (videorecording)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Based on the book: Absolute zero and the conquest of cold / by Tom Shachtman
  • Originally broadcast on public television as an episode of the television program Nova in 2007
  • Anamorphic widescreen (16:9) format; Dolby digital
  • Special features include: printable materials for educators (PDF format)
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Contents
  • The conquest of cold.
  • A malevolent force ; Quantifying cold ; The ice trade ; Cold engines ; The cold resource
  • The race for absolute zero.
  • The holy grail ; A temperature cascade ; Superconductivity ; A new state of matter ; Applications
Control code
ocn226435001
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (ca. 109 min.)
Isbn
9781593758196
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
783421424494
Other physical details
sd., col.
Publisher number
WG42449
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)226435001
System details
DVD. Region 1; NTSC
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Absolute zero, produced and directed by David Dugan ; written by Tom Shachtman ; a production of Windfall Films and Meridian Productions for TPT/Twin Cities Public Television and WGBH/Nova in association with the BBC, (videorecording)
Publication
Note
  • Based on the book: Absolute zero and the conquest of cold / by Tom Shachtman
  • Originally broadcast on public television as an episode of the television program Nova in 2007
  • Anamorphic widescreen (16:9) format; Dolby digital
  • Special features include: printable materials for educators (PDF format)
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Contents
  • The conquest of cold.
  • A malevolent force ; Quantifying cold ; The ice trade ; Cold engines ; The cold resource
  • The race for absolute zero.
  • The holy grail ; A temperature cascade ; Superconductivity ; A new state of matter ; Applications
Control code
ocn226435001
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (ca. 109 min.)
Isbn
9781593758196
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
783421424494
Other physical details
sd., col.
Publisher number
WG42449
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)226435001
System details
DVD. Region 1; NTSC
Video recording format
DVD

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