- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: January 11, 2006
Visit a match factory and see the 8-story high boilers that heat Philadelphia in this exploration of the incendiary world.
- For over a decade, MODERN MARVELS has brought grand stories to life.
- The ultimate celebration and investigation of engineering excellence.
- Peer into the flames as MODERN MARVELS unravels the mysteries of pyrotechnology.
Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS® tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders. It is both an implacable enemy and an essential ingredient of everyday life.
MODERN MARVELS® traces mankind’s eternal attempt to tame the flames. See epic examples of pyrotechnology, like the 8-story boilers that create steam heat for downtown Philadelphia, and the nearly 2,000-degree flames that create electricity at a biomass plant. Ride across the continent on massive, coal-fired locomotives and blast off atop the controlled fury of a moon rocket.
See how the seeds of fire are made at a match factory, and explore the significance of this seemingly simple innovation. Finally, examine the controversial role of fire in warfare.