The Ascent of Money
(Movie) - Bestselling author, economist and historian Niall Ferguson takes a look at how money evolved, from the concept of credit and debt in the Renaissance to the emergence of a global economy and the subprime crisis we face today.
Einstein's Big Idea
(Movie) - Documentary. Based on book, E=mc² : a biography of the world's most famous equation, by David Bodanis. Letterbox presentation. Special DVD features: printable guides for teachers and librarians.
Abstract: Dramatizes how Einstein arrived at his 1905 discovery that the realms of matter and energy are linked. Reveals the roots of this breakthrough in the human stories of scientists Michael Farady, Antoine Lavoisier and Lise Maitner, whose innovative thinking across four centures helped lead to E=mc², and ultimately unleashed the power of the atom.
King Arthur: History and Legend
by Dorsey Armstrong
(Audiobook) - These 24 spellbinding lectures reveal the full scope of the Arthurian tradition, from its beginnings in post-Roman Britain to its extraordinary trajectory across the centuries and its latest incarnations in modern times. Your pathfinder in this world of mythic adventure and romance, Professor Armstrong, is one of the world's leading Arthurian scholars and the current editor-in-chief of the academic journal Arthuriana. Demonstrating both encyclopedic knowledge and an infectious passion for the subject, she leads you in tracing how the myth developed across time, clarifying many misunderstood aspects of the narrative, such as the origins of the Round Table and the figure of Merlin, the illicit love between Lancelot and Guenevere, and the varied manifestations of the magical Holy Grail. You'll discover how the legend was appropriated and assimilated by differing cultures, and how each writer and artist in the tradition reflected and commented, through the Arthurian narrative, on the concerns of their own time and place. The result is an illuminating look at one of the most engaging, entertaining, and influential legendary traditions the world has ever known.
Music as a Mirror of History
by Robert Greenberg
(Audiobook) - Explore the connections between famous music and historic events.
Sister Wendy: The Complete Collection
by Wendy Beckett
(Movie) - Originally produced for television broadcast. Special features include: interactive art gallery; pop-up notes on the artists and their work; artists' biographies by Sister Wendy Beckett; personal interview with Sister Wendy; 35 minutes of never-before-seen footage.
(Audiobook) - Dr. Pimsleur earned his Ph.D. in French from Columbia University and was a Professor of Romance Languages and Language Education at both Ohio State University and State University of New York at Albany. Here, Pimsleur offers listeners a ten-lesson, five hour program which consists of beginning language strategies for communication and traveling needs.