Technology is all around us. From computers to cameras, cell phones to sat navs – our dependence on technology has never been greater. But how many of us ever stop to question how these inventions actually came about? Challenging the commonly held view, that they appear fully formed, out of nowhere, The Link reveals the surprising origins of some of the most important technological breakthroughs, of the modern world.
The Link: From Fireworks To Forensics
Uncovering the connection between the discovery of gunpowder and the virtual-reality scanner.
The Link: From Waterwheels To Megajets
Revealing the connection between waterwheels in medieval Europe and the technology used to build the Boeing 777.
The Link: From Ploughs To Supercars
How hi-tech IndyCar racing owes a debt to the medieval plough, the Black Death and the Gutenberg Bible.
The Link: From Aqueducts to Oil Rigs
From aqueducts to early steam engines to the B-29 bomber, discover the backstory of the automatic control systems used on the Perdido oil rig.
The Link: From Swords To Spy Planes
Revealing how ancient Chinese technology set the stage for high-tech military drones.