Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 29


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 24, 2002 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • In 2001, the U.S. government launched the National Nanotechnology Initiative, with an annual budget of nearly $500,000,000.

    • Today's auto engines are twice as efficient as engines of thirty years ago. They get twice the power out of the same amount of fuel - and put out half the amount of exhaust fumes.

    • The first electric motor driven appliance produced in the United States was an electric pen invented by Thomas Edison. It punched through the paper as it wrote, creating a stencil from which copies could be made.

    • In the early 1800's, a good hand weaver could produce 48 yards of cloth in a week. A weaver working at a steam loom could produce seven times as much.

    • Refering to the regenerative braking on the Toyota Prius the narrator states that it "creates energy". Energy of course cannot be created (nor destroyed).

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: They power our lives. From cars to lawn mowers, from ships to steam trains, they've transformed our world and taken us to the moon. Now: Engines on Modern Marvels.

  • Notes

    • Prof. Paul D. Ronney
      University of Southern California

      Prof. Merritt Roe Smith
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology

      Rod Groenwold
      Director, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

      David Garchow
      VP Technical Support, PSE&G Nuclear

      Brent Van Arsdell
      President, American Stirling Company

      Prof. John Heywood
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology

      Bob Palmback
      Vogel Electric

      Frederick DeSanti
      Vice President, PSE&G

      Dave Hermance
      Executive Engineer, Toyota Technical Center

      Takaharu "Koby" Kobayakawa
      Consultant, Mazda Motor Company

      Prof. Martin Schmidt
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology

      Prof. T. Ross Kelly
      Boston College

    • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
      Writer: Fred Peabody
      Producer: Fred Peabody
      Associate Producer: Kristina Djokic
      Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
      Consulting Producer: Henry Schipper
      Narrator: Max Raphael
      Editor: Arthur Springer
      Producer: Bruce Nash
      Creator: Bruce Nash
      Music: Alan Ett
      Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
      Post Producer: Scott Berkson
      Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
      Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
      Archivist: Nilda Pergola-Jensen
      Researcher: Mark Savage
      Researcher: Diane Wai
      Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez
      Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
      Camera: Giles Baker
      Camera: Peter Krajewski
      Camera: mark Morris
      Field Audio: Rob Maerz
      Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
      Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
      Voice Over Coordinator: Dawn Irwin
      Post Production Assistant: Montgomery Jesselton Kingsley
      Online Editor: David Rex
      Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
      Animation: Song Designs, INC
      Animation: Rick Orner
      Graphics: Barry Hill
      Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
      Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
      Production Coordinator: Michael Z Davis
      Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
      Production Assistant: Rasi Delgado

      Special Thanks:
      California Institute of Technology
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      Mazda Motor Company
      Stirling Machine World
      Brent Van Arsdell

      Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
      Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

  • Allusions