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Item No.: GBSH601
2 Disc DVD

Professor Stephen Hawking reveals our true potential in a radical new science show which challenges a selection of volunteers and the viewer to think like the greatest geniuses and answer some of humanity's toughest questions. Using large scale experiments and incredible stunts, we'll follow the volunteers' journeys as they come to grips with molecular biology, astrophysics and quantum mechanics.
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PBSGenius By Stephen Hawking DVD
 
4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Illuminating !

By Liz

from New York

Comments about PBS Genius By Stephen Hawking DVD:

I just love this video……can't exactly call it a program, but the presentations are fantastic……a clear and clever way of presenting some of the most difficult scientific ideas so that those of us just "normal" folks really get a true understanding about the world around us, and the marvels of discoveries….and some of the most difficult scientific theories ….I would recommend this to everyone that has any sense of curiosity at all ! Liz

(20 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Our family is hooked on this show!!

By Hardworking Mommy

from Miramar, FL

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Comments about PBS Genius By Stephen Hawking DVD:

Our family is hooked on this show!! My husband, myself and our 12 year old daughter love, love, love this show!! Fun, engaging and we are all learning.

(32 of 51 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Inside the head of a genius for 6 hours

By Professor Stretch [ed]

from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Comments about PBS Genius By Stephen Hawking DVD:

Dr Hawking's remarkable perceptions about the human condition, ie how, where,why we live are here rendered accessible with 'Genius', his 6 theatrical experiments with 'ordinary' students of somewhat above average intelligence:

Each committee of three is challenged to sort out the implications of various devices supplied in mysterious contexts, which the students 'solve' to produce insights regarding how where & why we live here on earth that go far beyond conventional traditional wisdom into the realms of cutting edge physics. All this is presented in remarkably accessible layman's terms - no PhD required. A wonderful achievement!

(39 of 57 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

PBS Could Have Better Prepared the DVD

By Dan in Tallahassee

from Tallahassee, FL

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Comments about PBS Genius By Stephen Hawking DVD:

Yes, I enjoyed the "Genius" series and learned a lot from watching it broadcast on TV, but I expected PBS to do a much better presentation/packaging of the DVD. The box arrives with two DVDs in a standard DVD container with exterior graphics sheet, and the back of the case notes "Approx. 360 minutes on 2 discs..." but no place is there a table of contents: What are the titles of the programs (three of the six are mentioned at the end of the paragraph-long blurb; and, no, those three programs are not listed in the order they are presented). For the record (and to save others the time hunting up the titles of the programs), there are six programs:
Episode 1: Can We Time Travel?
Episode 2: Are We Alone?
Episode 3: Why Are We Here?
Episode 4: Where Did the Universe Come From?
Episode 5: What Are We?
Episode 6: Where Are We?

If PBS didn't want to go to the bother and expense of providing an enclosed informational booklet, they could have at least provided a single sheet listing the contents of the two DVDs along with a short one- or two-sentence description of each program.

I would have expected better from PBS.

(40 of 85 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Very disappointing

By WT

from Harrisburg, PA

Comments about PBS Genius By Stephen Hawking DVD:

This series was more about Hawking's worldview than actual science. It had its good moments but should not be considered an educational series because of its subjective nature.

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