The Making of Absolute Zero

Russell Donnelly
Principal Investigator, Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold
Department of Physics, Univ. Oregon

Friday, April 18, 2008
10:30 a.m., Green Auditorium
VTC to Boulder will be Room 1107

Russell Donnelly
Photo Credit: WGBH/NOVA, Meridian Productions, Inc., and Windfall Films, Ltd.

Absolute Zero, a unique blend of science, cultural history, and adventure, is a two hour TV documentary about how civilization has been profoundly affected by the search for ever lower temperatures. From 17th court magicians to superconductivity and Bose-Einstein condensation it explores key concepts, significant individuals, and events in the field of low-temperature physics and describes the enormous impact that the mastery of cold has had on society through such technologies as refrigeration, air conditioning, and liquefied gases. The show premiered on BBC in 2007 to enthusiastic reviews, was featured on PBS-NOVA in the U.S. in January 2008, and is being translated into several languages for broadcast to EU countries. The presentation reviews how the idea was conceived and how, through 7 years of hard work, it actually got accomplished.

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Created October 26, 2009, Updated September 21, 2016