The Ascent of Man

Episode 07 - The Majestic Clockwork. This episode tells of the evolution of physics, looking at the revolution that occurred when Einstein's theory of relativity upset Newton's elegant description of the universe. Until Newton's time, physics and metaphysics were indistinguishable. It took this antisocial English genius to turn physics into the dispassionate science that we recognise today. However his view that space was absolute was not universally accepted, and was exploded by the discoveries of a patents clerk named Albert Einstein. Special effects are used to demonstrate how travelling near the speed of light would affect the observer and the observed.

Episode 07 - The Majestic Clockwork

Related Links
History of Physics - wikipedia
Physics is a branch of science that developed out of philosophy, and was thus referred to as natural philosophy until the late 19th century - a term describing a field of study concerned with "the workings of nature".
Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian, who has been "considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist who ever lived."
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a theoretical physicist, philosopher and author who is widely regarded as one of the most influential and best known scientists and intellectuals of all time.

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Episode 01 - Lower Than the Angels
Episode 02 - The Harvest of the Seasons
Episode 03 - The Grain in the Stone
Episode 04 - The Hidden Structure
Episode 05 - Music of the Spheres
Episode 06 - The Starry Messenger
Episode 07 - The Majestic Clockwork
Episode 08 - The Drive for Power
Episode 09 - The Ladder of Creation
Episode 10 - World within World
Episode 11 - Knowledge or Certainty
Episode 12 - Generation upon Generation
Episode 13 - The Long Childhood