Learn Through Videos: Engineering

This is a collection of links to educational videos related to engineers, inventors, engineering and technology, which are made for a general audience. The videos listed in this collection cover a variety of topics in engineering and technology. They explore the engineering feats accomplished by some of the great civilizations in history; tell the history of electronic digital computers; look at how engineers and designers use historic inventions and clues from the natural world in ingenious ways to develop new buildings and machines; deal with industrial design, product design, and our relationship with the manufactured objects that surround us; and explore the scientific breakthroughs and future technologies that will transform our lives.

The Machine That Changed the World
This is a 1992 documentary series on the history of electronic digital computers, from the dawn of the computer in the 1800s to the early 1990s.

Computer Pioneers and Pioneer Computers
Gordon Bell hosts this two-part program on the evolution of electronic computing from its pre-World War II origins through the development of the first commercial computers.

The Creation of the Computer
Rudimentary calculating devices first appeared in antiquity and mechanical calculating aids were invented in the 17th century.

Pirates of Silicon Valley
This is a 1999 docudrama directed by Martyn Burke, documenting the rise of the home computer (personal computer) through the rivalry between Apple Computer and Microsoft.

Steve Jobs
This is a collection of links to documentaries related to Steve Jobs who was an American computer entrepreneur and innovator.

Micro Men
This is a BBC docudrama set in the late 1970s and 1980s, about the rise of the British home computer market, featuring the rivalry between Clive Sinclair and Chris Curry.

Clive Sinclair, the Anatomy of an Inventor
This film presents a profile of noted inventor Clive Sinclair with his family and colleagues reminiscing and analyzing his successes and failures.

Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires
This is a PBS documentary series hosted by Bob Cringely, telling a history of personal computers from its beginning in the 1970s to the release of Windows 95 in the mid 1990s.

Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet
This is a 1998 PBS documentary series presented by Bob Cringely, looking at the history of the Internet from the 1950s to the mid 1990s.

Bill Gates: How a Geek Changed the World
This presents the definitive profile of Bill Gates as he embarks on his latest challenge: giving away the billions he's amassed.

Revolution OS
This is a 2001 documentary film that traces the twenty-year history of GNU, Linux, open source, and the free software movement.

How to Build a Satellite
This film follows manufacturer Astrium as they build a state-of-the-art communication satellite, and shows how to assemble one of the most complicated machines in the world.

How to Build a Jumbo Jet Engine: Rolls-Royce
This is the story of the thousands of people who design, build and test engines at Rolls-Royce's manufacturing plants in Derby and across the UK.

Hot It Works
This is a BBC documentary series presented by Professor Mark Miodownik, revealing the secret alchemy of material science - how we transform materials, and materials transform the world.

Stuff: A Horizon Guide to Materials
Engineer Jem Stansfield looks back through the Horizon archives to find out how scientists have come to understand and manipulate the materials that built the modern world.

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