Posts Tagged ‘Documentary’

Shock and Awe – The story of electricity.

Amateur radio has a long history, going all the way back to wireless experiments in the late 1800s. However the study of electricity has its roots in the observation of natural phenomena and stretches back much further.

I ran across this excellent three part documentary detailing the story of the discovery of electricity. The presenter is Jim Al-Khalili, currently Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey. He not only knows his stuff, he is also an interesting and engaging speaker.

The documentary runs for three hours but is worth your time if you are interested in the story of electricity and the people behind its discovery and history. I hope you find it as enjoyable as I did.

From Backblocks To High Seas

I came across this great piece of history via the Google+ page of Cristian YO8TNB and had to share it here for others to enjoy. I have a soft spot for New Zealand, being so close to my country of birth, and I particularly noticed the carefully cultured accent of the announcer. On a more serious note, this video is an invaluable record of the wired and wireless technology used in 1939 and the procedures for transmitting a message from land to sea.

State of Electronics documentary

Karl Von Moller has been putting together a documentary called ‘State of Electronics  –  A discussion on the electronics industry in Australia’.  This looks like a fascinating and thorough look at the electronics industry in one country.  Although focussed on Australia much of the content and discussion will be recognizable and similar to other countries.  The final version has not been released yet but it looks like it will be great viewing when it is.  Seems it is growing to three parts.  I’m looking forward to seeing the finished documentary.

Interesting point to note is the documentary has been filmed using a Canon D5 MarkII digital SLR.

Below is the trailer followed by the ‘roll call’ of people who appear in the documentary.


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