World's Greatest Mysteries Collection

Season 1 Episode 4

World's Greatest Mysteries Modern Innovations: Ancient Discoveries Or Contemporary Creations?

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World's Greatest Mysteries Modern Innovations: Ancient Discoveries Or Contemporary Creations?
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Controversy. Conspiracy. Confusion. History is fraught with events -- from local to global -- that have never been satisfactorily explained. What caused the dinosaurs to perish? How were the Egyptian Pyramids built? What happened to the great Inca civilization? Was John Wilkes Booth part of a large, sinister plot? Was George Armstrong Custer sacrificed to save the Grant Administration? Is there anything happening in Roswell, New Mexico, that should be shared with American citizens? Who shot John F. Kennedy? These and dozens of other international mysteries are investigated, explored, unraveled and reported. Modern Innovations: Ancient Discoveries Or Contemporary Creations? Is anything really new? Or does every innovation already exist, waiting to be put to use? Perhaps the future is buried in the past. Could it be possible that there are vast treasures of brilliant ideas lying hidden in the vaults of antiquity? History shows that turning an idea into reality can take centuries. Many inventions patented today are based on concepts from earlier generations that required scientific advancements that did not occur for many years. What sparks creative inquiry? Plato observed that: --Necessity is the mother of invention. Was he right? What role does war play in technological advancement? For example, do we know for certain that U.S. Army Signal Corps cryptographers and mathematicians actually invented the first computation machine? Could the great-great-grandfather of today's laptop have been pulled to the surface in an ancient chest off the coast of Greece? Thomas Edison observed that --Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. This thought-provoking television program explores whether a discovery is really just a very old idea waiting to be uncovered.moreless
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