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100 Greatest Discoveries

What are the most important scientific discoveries of all time? The answer might include Copernicus's idea that the sun is at the center of the solar system, Newton's laws of motion, Mendeleev's periodic table of elements, Einstein's theory of relativity and Darwin's theory of evolution. There are numerous great scientific discoveries that have significantly influenced the way we think and live throughout history. 100 Greatest Discoveries recounts the 100 most important scientific discoveries of all time and explains them with historical re-creations, archival footage and interviews with scientists.

100 Greatest Discoveries - Astronomy

This episode contains thirteen important discoveries in astronomy, including Copernican cosmology, Johannes Kepler's laws of planetary and Hubble's Law. Here are the thirteen important discoveries:

1. The Planets Move (2000 B.C. - 500 B.C.)
2. The Earth Moves (1543)
3. Planetary Orbits Are Elliptical (1605 - 1609)
4. Jupiter Has Moons (1609 - 1612)
5. Halley's Comet Has a Predictable Orbit (1705 - 1758)
6. The Milky Way Is a Gigantic Disk of Stars (1780 - 1834)
7. General Relativity (1915 - 1919)
8. The Universe Is Expanding (1924 - 1929)
9. The Center of the Milky Way Emits Radio Waves (1932)
10. Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (1964)
11. Gamma-Ray Bursts (1969 - 1997)
12. Planets Around Other Stars (1995 - 2004)
13. The Universe Is Accelerating (1998 - 2000)


Go to 100 Greatest Discoveries Home or watch other episodes:

1. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Astronomy
2. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Biology
3. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Chemistry
4. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Earth Science
5. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Evolution
6. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Genetics
7. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Medicine
8. 100 Greatest Discoveries: Physics