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Since 1984, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has been a generous supporter of NOVA, funding the many programs listed below for the series and the WGBH Science Unit. This valued partnership has enabled NOVA to explore the central role that science and technology have played in shaping society. The Sloan Foundation's "Public Understanding of Science and Technology" program supports the use of media to enhance people's lives by providing a better understanding of the increasingly scientific and technological environment in which we live.

Fabric of the Cosmos

Fabric of the Cosmos (Coming in 2010)
In this four-hour miniseries, the team that demystified string theory in The Elegant Universe—NOVA and physicist Brian Greene—takes on space and time. This time around, in addition to playful animation and startling effects, they will use real experiments to show that the physical world is far more fantastic than our senses alone can appreciate. Viewers will gain new understanding of the extraordinary nature of the universe, from the incredibly small (quantum mechanics) to the awesomely large (cosmology).

Percy Julian

Forgotten Genius (2007)
A gripping saga of achievement and struggle against the odds, "Forgotten Genius" is a two-hour television biography of one of the most remarkable 20th-century African-American scientists, who was the first black chemist (and only the second black) ever elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Wings of Madness

Wings of Madness (2006)
Featuring captivating recreations and replicas of the Brazilian-born inventor Alberto Santos-Dumont's pioneering balloons and airplanes, "Wings of Madness" reveals the daring flights and dramatic life of a neglected genius.
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E=mc2

Einstein's Big Idea (2005)
NOVA pays tribute to Einstein's remarkable equation with a special two-hour presentation dramatizing the stories of the men and women whose innovative thinking across four centuries led to Einstein's bold breakthrough 100 years ago this year.
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Leading Edge

NOVA scienceNOW (ongoing)
This magazine-style program airs five times a year on NOVA, bringing to life the "how" and "why" behind cutting-edge discoveries and showing the everyday impact and human side of science with accuracy, clarity, and flair. Hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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Origins

Origins (2004)
From the birth of the Earth, to the emergence of life, to the workings of the cosmos itself, this four-hour series explores the remarkable processes that connect us to our planet and to the very stars that shine in the night sky. Hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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Elegant Universe, The

The Elegant Universe (2003)
Using complex mathematics, string theorists seek to unify the forces of nature, enabling physicists to understand the universe at its most basic level. A highly innovative production style brings the surreal world of string theory to life in this three-hour series. Hosted by Brian Greene.
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Hidden City

The Hidden City (1989)
New York City uses more power and water and produces more sewage and trash than any other city in the country. How well does it work? What happens when it doesn't? Actor Judd Hirsch narrates this intimate look at the most complex environment ever created by man.

Space Bridge to Moscow

Space Bridge to Moscow (1984)
At a time when scientific exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union is at its lowest ebb since the 1950s, a satellite hookup allows seven leading Soviet and American scientists to share ideas before millions of television viewers in each country.


WGBH Science Unit Productions

Made in America

Made in America (1990)
Hosted by noted economist Robert Reich, this two-part special examines electronics, cars, education, clothing, and commercial aircraft to analyze the state of U.S. manufacturing and how the U.S. can secure a competitive position in the new global economy.

Secret of Life

Secret of Life (1989)
This eight-part series reveals how scientists' ability to decipher and manipulate our genes will transform medicine — and perhaps the human race. Hosted by David Suzuki, a Canadian geneticist and TV personality.

 

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