"Of all the scientists who ever lived, 95 percent of them are alive
today," says Alan Alda, host of "Scientific American Frontiers" series
on PBS-TV. As a result, the past 10 years may be the most explosive
decade of scientific change ever.
The series' 10th anniversary show airs on Tuesday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
EDT (check local listings), and highlights many of the leading-edge
developments in the world of science it has featured in that period.
A castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts is the setting for the anniversary
celebration, complete with fireworks, that frames the program. In between,
Alda shows viewers how an orphaned killer whale learned her adoptive
mother's song, how a grandfather reacted when he could see his grandson's
face thanks to electronic vision enhancement, and how it feels sailing in
a replica ninth-century Viking warship.
In another segment Alda interviews the late Carl Sagan, who argues that
the sheer weight of numbers makes it extremely improbable that humankind
is alone in the Universe.
Then viewers look back in time at colliding galaxies through the
Hubble Space Telescope, and take a trip to the new volcanic island of
Surtsy where life has staked its claim to new terrain recently
emerged from the sea (in 1963, which is very recent on a geological
Additional information about "The Frontiers Decade" can be found on the
Scientific American Frontier's Internet site at:
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