Modern Marvels: Engineering

Season 1
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They are built to last for centuries, but sometimes end in disaster.
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Episodes (17)

  1. 1. Engineering Disasters 20
    December 6, 2006
    43min
    TV-PG
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    Explore the series of events that led to one of the worst industrial accidents in the United States, look at what went wrong with NASA's Skylab in 1974, and examine the fire that destroyed a gas company in 2005.
  2. 2. Size Matters: Pyramids: Majesty And Mystery
    March 23, 1997
    45min
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    Standing majestically for centuries, great pyramids have long inspired and mystified scholars. Leading experts and historians explore the engineering genius that created some of the largest structures on the planet.
  3. 3. Machu Picchu
    September 24, 2003
    45min
    TV-PG
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    The engineering marvel Machu Picchu sits perched on a ridge in the Peruvian Andes. Originally built by the Incas, this magnificent structure remains a mystery. Was it an observatory? Pleasure retreat? Fortress?
  4. 4. Barbarian Battle Tech
    March 4, 2007
    44min
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    It's clear from the bow that nearly brought down Rome, the suspension system that revolutionized the chariot, and the axe that named a country that barbarians and technology aren't such a contradiction after all.
  5. 5. Engineering Disasters 21
    October 25, 2007
    44min
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    A steam pipe explosion rocks a summer day in Manhattan; Boston's Big Dig highway project suffers a major setback; rush hour in Minnesota turns deadly as a bridge plunges into the Mississippi River.
  6. 6. Modern Marvels: Mt. Rushmore
    February 11, 1996
    43min
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    Discover the incredible tale of how Gutzon Borglum created the world's largest sculpture by carving the faces of four U.S. presidents into the Black Hills of South Dakota.
  7. 7. Modern Marvels: The Great Wall Of China
    June 22, 1997
    45min
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    Winding 6,000 kilometers through undulating mountains, it is said to be visible with the naked eye from the moon. But who called for the Great Wall's construction? And how was it accomplished?
  8. 8. Modern Marvels:: China's Great Dam
    September 13, 2000
    45min
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    Supporters see it as key to a new China, but critics voice a litany of concerns. Trace the story of China's Three Gorges Dam from ancient flood control to current controversy.
  9. 9. Brooklyn Bridge
    June 30, 1996
    46min
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    Rare photographs and behind-the-scenes stories recall the politics, the struggles, and the tragedies that made possible an engineering feat of almost miraculous proportions.
  10. 10. Building A Skyscraper: The Arteries
    October 10, 2004
    44min
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    Learn how development of electricity and indoor plumbing made skyscrapers possible as the veins and arteries of the California Department of Transportation headquarters in LA are installed.
  11. 11. Building A Skyscraper: The Human Environment
    October 10, 2004
    45min
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    In hour three of a crash course on mega-skyscraper construction, take a closer look at the human element involved in the development of systems like air conditioning and pressurized elevators.
  12. 12. Engineering Disasters
    February 22, 1999
    45min
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    From the Colossus of Rhodes and Egypt's pyramids to the Hoover Dam and the Space Shuttle, mankind has celebrated the work of engineers. But what happens when their calculations prove wrong?
  13. 13. Engineering Disasters 13
    November 16, 2004
    44min
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    Death seeps out of the ground into a neighborhood sitting on a toxic waste dump; soldiers die due to software flaws during Desert Storm; the science of demolition is put to the test - and fails.
  14. 14. Engineering Disasters 15
    December 8, 2004
    44min
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    A deadly accident traps hundreds in a smoke-filled Alpine tunnel; three boilers explode on a Mississippi riverboat; a cockpit warning system malfunctions, causing a crash before the jetliner ever takes off.
  15. 15. Engineering Disasters Of The 70's
    May 30, 2007
    44min
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    To err is human, but when the error results in the loss of life, it's a disaster. Learn about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the Buffalo Creek Dam disaster, and the explosion of a tanker in Los Angeles harbor.
  16. 16. More Engineering Disasters
    November 29, 1999
    44min
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    Throughout history the same builders and engineers that paved man's path out of the caves and into the modern world also caused some of mankind's worst disasters. Revisit notable disasters and their probable causes.
  17. 17. Gothic Cathedrals
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    March 9, 1996
    47min
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    Built of stone, glass, persistence and prayer, gothic cathedrals are an epiphany of imagination and an articulation of joy, including Chartres, Notre Dame and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

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