Imagine that you’re in an elevator when the power goes out.  The systems that made it possible for you to easily travel between floors without even being aware of them are suddenly very obvious by their absence.  You’re trapped – all by things you never even bothered to notice were all around you all the time.  All you can hope is that these systems are re-started before you starve to death.  Sound familiar?  It’s how James Burke opened up his landmark BBC series Connections in 1978.  This series challenged us all to look at the way our world was constructed a bit differently, a bit less at the contributions of one person and more at the connections that made it all possible.

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