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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

26. Geniuses: Copernicus, Shakespeare, Franklin, Da Vinci

Alex (Stephen Joffe) wants to join an after-school club, but it's difficult to make a decision when you're interested in everything. What he needs is a system to find out what he'd be really good at, so Timeblazers Sam (Mike Ackerman) and Jen (Heidi Leigh) take him along to check out some geniuses of the past. First to the days of Nicholas Copernicus, who sorted out the basic layout of the Solar System and forever changed the way we saw the universe; then to the land of William Shakespeare and his magnificent Globe Theatre, where we see what life was like for England's greatest playwright; next to learn about Benjamin Franklin, who was a great inventor, printer, philosopher, and one of the founding fathers of the U.S.; then Thomas Edison, who invented the first practical incandescent light bulb in 1879, plus he gave us electric power, recorded music, and helped develop movies as we know them today; then Eratosthenes, who used a stick to figure out the size of the Earth, and that our planet was round thousands of years before Columbus was even born; then Plato, who was a great philosopher and thinker; then Jean Francois Champollion, who unlocked the mystery of the Rossetta Stone, which cracked the code of Egyptian hieroglyphics; then Magellan, a nautical genius who was the first to sail around the entire world; and, finally, the very first "Renaissance Man," Leonardo da Vinci, considered by many to be the greatest genius of all time. In addition to being a great artist, architect, designer, social thinker and scientist, he also was crucial in mapping the human body. 05/10DE/CC IJ 30 min.
Also See: Exploring Shakespeare Series

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