I promised my cow-orker/friend N that I’d post links for these in my blog for her son, so here they are.
The series is from the year I graduated High School - (1985-1986). It’s college 101 level illustrated Physics, but for precocious kids, it might be interesting. From the era when graphic calculators were just becoming available, this show illustrated basic physics concepts with graphical animations – things well beyond the means of the normal populace. It presents simple history of science as well.
Anyway, I used to watch it in mid-afternoon before homework, when the rest of TV was abjectly boring and full of reruns. I don’t think I saw all 52 episodes, though, so it’s a joy to see it available online.
Very geeky. (Watch out for the synth trumpets in the intro video to each episode.)
So here’s the list of links.
UPDATE: I am leaving these here for posterity, but it looks like whoever posted these videos to Google Video are keeping them private now, so the way to watch the videos is now to do the following (WARNING: This worked for me only in IE – something in Google Chrome is blocking the pop-ups.)
- Go to the Annenberg Learner site for The Mechanical Universe: http://www.learner.org/resources/series42.html
- Scroll down to the list of episodes and click the VoD icon to the right of the episode you want to watch
- Allow Popups. This is very important. Without that you won’t see the video (and I suspect this is why the video doesn’t work in Chrome)
- Enjoy the show!
Updated: Fixed some videos missing from Google Video and linked instead to Towson University’s Video on Demand for those missing from Google Video.