節目介紹 Introduction

出自「神秘的宇宙」和「人類消失後的地球」創作者之手,本節目帶你以科學角度來看歷史,將歷史上的著名事件與我們的日常生活連結。舉例來說,我們的口袋中就存在著與著名的鐵達尼號的連結,我們手機打電話訊號傳輸經過的纜線就是在鐵達尼號求救訊號無人回應之後所架設的。而每當我們打電話,我們也能跟宇宙大爆炸有所連結,因為在電話中含有的微量元素鉭就是那時候被創造出來的,如果沒有它的話,電話的大小將會比現在大上12倍。其他節目內容包括了像是開國元勳、內戰、古代謎團揭密等。背後的原理則包含了鹽、冰和彈道學等。每集節目都會以全新的方式呈現,打破科學與歷史之間的藩籬,這是學術界的一大革新,由比爾蓋茲等創新者倡導著。
From the creators of "The Universe" and "Life After People", BIG HISTORY puts a sci-fi spin on history, linking iconic events to our daily lives. For example, we carry the legacy of the Titanic every day -- in our own pockets: every time we make a cell phone call, we use radio wave lanes assigned after Titanic telegraph rescue calls went unanswered. Every time we make a call, we're also connected to explosions from the Big Bang that created tantalum, a rare and mysterious element used in trace amounts in every phone. Without tantalum, phones would have to be 12 times larger. Other episodes will include topics like The Founding Fathers, The Civil War and Ancient Mysteries Revealed, meanwhile weaving in surprising science threads like salt, ice, and ballistics. Every episode of BIG HISTORY will tell stories in a whole new way, by shattering the wall between history and science. It is part of an emerging movement in academics, championed by innovators like Bill Gates.