The Western Lines

November 25, 2009

The Quest to Reach Absolute Zero

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,cryogenics,Physics,The Race for Absolute Zero — ralphbuttigieg @ 8:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we a present two-part scientific saga concerning tale a remarkable group of pioneers who wanted to reach the ultimate extreme: absolute zero, a place so cold that the physical world as we know it doesn’t exist, electricity flows without resistance, fluids defy gravity and the speed of light can be reduced to thirty eight miles (sixty one kilometres) per hour.

Each film features a strange cast of eccentric characters, including: Clarence Birds Eye; Frederic ‘Ice King’ Tudor, who founded an empire harvesting ice; and James Dewar, who almost drove himself crazy by trying to liquefy hydrogen.

The quest to reach the holy grail of extreme cold – absolute zero is a quest as elusive as the speed of light.

Reaching such cryogenically extreme low temperature is considered the gateway to many new exciting technologies, such as nano-construction, neurological networks and quantum computing. The possibilities, it seems, are limitless.

Episode One – The Conquest of Cold

Episode Two – The Race for Absolute Zero


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