This TV series re-creates the 20th century’s most dramatic moments in applied physics history.
[John Benjamin Hickey]: You know, I didn’t pay attention at all in science in high school, I was—that, that’s why I became an actor. So the chance to get to go back to school, that’s probably been one of the greatest gifts of this job.
[Michael Chernus:] I took high school physics [laughter].
[Jennifer Ouelette:] So you know all about the slope of inclined plane.
[Chernus:] I’ve pretty much got it all.
[Harry Lloyd:] Not all of us are highly intelligent, and these guys were way more intelligent than us—
[Katja Herbers:] Did you just look at me?
[Lloyd:] No, no I’m thinking about compared to how intelligent these guys are—
[Herbers:] I went to a very good school.
[Hickey:] Maybe I don’t understand physics, but I do understand being called to do the thing that you were born to do. And the paradox of how exciting this time was—but the moral, you know, question…
[Lloyd:] I guess the thing that we have in common with them is that they’re all incredibly driven and passionate.
[Olivia Williams:] Actually I do have a sort of slightly obsessive passion for botany and biology. And so, it was a sort of, for me, it was a coming together. And what it’s made me do is tune in to all these science blogs that you can now tune in to on the radio and I, you know, I’m pretty up on what’s happening with Pluto and I like to think my science on fracking is pretty good.
[Christopher Denham:] At a certain point you have to stop yourself because it seems like there’s a new book written every week. You can get through the Richard Rhodes, you can get through all this stuff, and at some point the story becomes about the human element.
—Jennifer Ouelette, Benjamin Meyers
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Executive Producer: Eliene Augenbraun
Producer: Benjamin Meyers
Reporter: Jennifer Ouelette
Special Thanks: Tribune Media