In 1957 the Soviet Union beat the United States by launching the first satellite. A uniquely impressionistic history of the early years of the Space Race.
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
Though first seen only as an expensive luxury, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone soon transformed American life and became a necessity.
Major Walter Reed's discovery in 1900 that mosquitoes spread yellow fever halted an outbreak and led to the disease's eventual eradication.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
A gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry, and one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.