how we got to now

Deutsche Bahn railway station clock

How we got to now – six innovations include: glass, time, clean, light, sound, and cold.

  • Time (video 5:39) – Making the Modern Clock: Understand how Galileo discovered that a pendulum could be used to regulate clocks.
  • Clean – The Quest for Clean Water: Discover how John Leal found the solution to ridding bacteria from dirty water with chlorine at the turn of the 20th century.
  • Light – Invention of the Light Bulb: Though we often credit Thomas Edison with the invention of the light bulb, he and his team built on more than 40 years of research by other inventor…
  • Cold – Keeping Ice Frozen Before Refrigeration: Explore the myth of the “Eureka moment” in innovation as you learn how Frederic Tudor figured out how to move ice long distances in the …
  • Sound – Noise Control and the Decibel: Stand on the corner of 34th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City with How We Got To Now host Steven Johnson, and explore the history of attempts…
  • Glass – The Invention of the Microscope and Telescope