How William Shatner Changed the World

Season 1 Episode 1

How William Shatner Changed the World

Aired Unknown Mar 12, 2006 on Discovery Channel
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How William Shatner Changed the World
This 2-hour special takes a look at the influence of the original Star Trek television series on the worlds of medicine, science and technology. William Shatner hosts this program and shows the effect that Star Trek had on many fans who went on to create groundbreaking products in the fields of telecommunications, medicine and computer science.moreless

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      • William Shatner: But of course, we all know that travelling faster than the speed of light is impossible in the real world. Why? Because Einstein said so. That's why. ... Geez, for someone with such cool hair, he was just not a fun guy.

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      • Dr. John Adler is a neurosurgeon at Stanford University Hospital and a professor at the Stanford School of Medicine. He invented the Cyberknife, a robotic laser device that removes tumors without incisions.

      • Seth Shostak is a Senior Astronomer with the SETI Institute.

      • Marc Rayman has noted that the primary technology of NASA's Deep Space 1 mission was its ion propulsion engine, the type "used" in Star Trek. He said, "We don't know if we'll ever have Star Trek-like warp drive engines, but at least one science fiction technology is now fact. Ion-drive engines are so fuel efficient that they can keep thrusting continuously, eventually building up to greater speeds than we ever could before with chemical propulsion."

      • Marc Rayman, a Star Trek fan, is the Chief Engineer in charge of the Robotic Deep Space Probe project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

      • In September 2004, Virgin Galactic owner Richard Branson announced that the company's first ship, which will be the world's first commercial spaceliner, will be named the VSS (Virgin SpaceShip) Enterprise. It is scheduled to launch in 2008.

      • Inventor Martin "Marty" Cooper made a call on the world's first portable cellular phone in 1973.

      • The show aired on Discovery Channel Australia on Monday, February 27th, 2006 at 9:30 pm. The second part aired the following night, February 28th, at the same time. It was broadcast under the title "How Techies Changed the World."

      • The show originally aired as part of a special "Out of This World" week on The History Channel. The programming included shows on astronomy, the possibility of alien life and the influence of Star Trek on modern scientific innovators.

      • This special makes its U.S. debut on Sunday, March 12th, 2006, on The History Channel.

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