- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, 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: June 21, 1999
It is undoubtedly one of the most important inventions in the history of mankind, though it is not often thought of that way. But the solid explosive invented by Alfred Nobel has not only changed the way we live, it has changed the face of the earth. The construction of large buildings, the creation of roads and tunnels, the mining that extracts the precious natural resources from the bonds of the earth--all these things and more would be impossible as we know them without dynamite.
MODERN MARVELS® chronicles the history of this explosive tool from its origins in Nobel's lab to today. Go under the earth with miners and on the job with the engineers working to expand America's highway system to see how they rely on the power of dynamite. Learn how it can be manipulated by the addition of extra chemicals that help control the blast to deliver exactly the right type of force for the job. And explore its most unlikely legacy--the world-famous prizes that bear the name of its inventor!