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Physics From the Past: Nuclear Testing Review (1945)

Physics From the Past: Nuclear Testing Review (1945)

| October 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

This archived video shows footage from the DVD copied by The Department of Energy, in cooperation with the Department of Defense,  and contains declassified a series of historical films on the nuclear weapons program. The footage was refurbished and remastered to facilitate the declassification and release process. The films illustrate the development of the nuclear weapons throughout […]

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Physics from the Past: Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (1923)

Physics from the Past: Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (1923)

| June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here we have the oldest video that is currently featured in the Physics from the Past series. This little demonstration called “Time is Relative. It Stretches and Shrinks” presents the basic ideas of relativity. This includes a number of  simulations, such as an astronaut being shot into space from a giant cannon and the dynamics of the […]

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Physics from the Past: Introduction to Frames of Reference (1960)

| February 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this educational film the fundamental ideas of physics are introduced through fun demonstrations. In particular, professors Patterson Hume and Donald Ivey explain the idea of relative frames of reference and why they are important in physics. This naturally leads to a discussion of Galilean transformations and some relativity. Finally, some fictitious forces are introduced. […]

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Physics From the Past: Capacitors (1965)

| January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this addition of “Physics from the Past” we have an old electronics video from 1965. In this air force training video we are introduced to the basic ideas of electrostatics, dielectrics and various types of capacitors. Also, examples of counting capacitance are given focusing on the effect of plate area and the distance between […]

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Physics from the Past: Eclipses (1949)

| September 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

In this video solar and lunar eclipses are shown and explained by John Kieran. “John Kieran’s Kaleidoscope” is a science TV series, which ran in years 1949-1952. The series of short documentaries explained mostly scientific topics using simple demonstrations and animation. For more similar videos visit the Internet Archive and “Physics from the Past” section. Jeff […]

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Physics From the Past: Crystals (1958)

| August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

In this addition of “Physics From the Past” we have another great educational video about the science of crystals. In a similar fashion as in  the 1940 educational video “White Magic”, the host explains the subject with simple, but informative demonstrations. In particular, the formation of crystals is explained, giving real-life examples using a microscope. […]

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Physics From the Past: White Magic

| May 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

In this neat video from 1940, by the Handy Organization, the science of light is introduced. It’s an educational video, which explains and demonstrates the most important facts about light that were known back in those days. In particular, the infra-red and ultra-violet light is introduced. Also, the main physical properties of light are shown through […]

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Physics From the Past: Facts About Nuclear Weapons

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

So recently, while browsing around the internet archive, I found this cool video from 1960. It is an instructional film on nuclear weapons, their transportation and safety for U.S. Air Force personnel. This film includes an explanation of nuclear physics, footage of atmospheric and underground testing, and a bomber making a crash landing. P.S. you gotta […]

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