BREAKTHROUGH: THE IDEAS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Take a mind-blowing journey through human history, told through six iconic objects that modern people take for granted, and see how science, invention and technology built on one another to change everything. These are the secrets of how we got to our modern world.

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Polybius Square

01:42

Polybius invents a code so words can be exchanged between battalions freely.



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Hollywood Icon Hedy Lamarr

02:56

Hedy Lamarr invents a way to control torpedoes remotely.

The Rocket Equation

02:29

Franklin Chang-Diaz demonstrates the energy required to launch a rocket into space.

The Ultimate Rocket Fuel

02:27

Jim Al-Khalili demonstrates why hydrogen is the ultimate rocket fuel.

The First Long Distance Test Drive

02:48

In 1886 Karl Benz has his patent accepted for what is regarded as the first automobile.

A Chicago Slaughterhouse

03:23

In 1909, the Model T’s first year of production, Henry Ford sells over 10,000 cars.

Robots That Think for Themselves

02:00

How military robots let the charge towards autonomous machines.