The first of these is the post which got the most “reblog” attention back on Tumblr. Every few months someone would discover it and it’d get some action. Then, back to obscurity I went…
(11 September 2014)
â€œThis was it, named after him. Alexandria. You could do two things here: get very rich, and get yourself the best education in the world.â€ â€“ James Burke,Â Connections
Within the first five minutes of the first â€œrealâ€ episode in the series, â€œDeath in the Morning,â€ Mr. Burke is making sure everyone knows he wonâ€™t be pulling any punches.
Now, I know that the story of the Library of Alexandria is slightly more complicated, but letâ€™s be fair: This is accurate enough for the programâ€™s purposes, and it certainly gets the point across.
Sorry it took so long to get from the first episode to here. I was distracted by shinies elsewhereâ€¦ but I have another bit from this episode to post beforeÂ too much longer, honest!
(21 September 2014)
â€œAnd these intrepid pioneers enjoyed all the privileges of going to high altitude without oxygen: bleeding at the ears and eyes, nausea, vomiting, swelling of the head, and passing out. Mind you, in spite of all that they did learn things they never would have if theyâ€™d stayed on the ground. Like, the temperature does not decrease steadily as you rise in the sky and nor does the air pressure. Some of them stayed up for days, drifting along, enjoying the view, dropping notes by parachute that never seemed to say much other than, â€˜Everything going remarkably well.â€™ Including those who were never seen againâ€¦â€ â€“ James Burke,Â Connections
Ah, weather forecasting. Weâ€™ve made such progress since the early days of balloon-based observations, havenâ€™t we?
That takes care of the secondÂ ConnectionsÂ episode, â€œDeath in the Morning.â€ Next up? James Burke describes the arms race throughout history (among other things) in â€œDistant Voices.â€ Stay tuned, wonâ€™t you?