Watch Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World

Take a mind-blowing journey through human history, told through six iconic objects that modern people take for granted, and see how science, invention and technology built on one another to change everything. These are the secrets of how we got to our modern world.

Wednesday at 10:00 PM on PBS
1 Season, 5 Episodes
April 17, 2019
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  • The history of the rocket is examined, including its role as a weapon of war and use by astronauts.

  • The 9,000-year history of the car is explored, from its roots in dogsleds to Henry Ford's Model T.

  • Discover how robots were first conceptualized in ancient Rome and learn how their use has evolved.

  • Take to the sky with the dreamers whose work gave humans the ability to fly.

  • Meet the brilliant minds throughout history, from Galileo to Edwin Hubble, responsible for creating the telescope. Today, their invention allows humanity to reach the furthest limits of seeing 13 billion light-years out.

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